HONORING WHO DISHONORS ME
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Romans 12:10
The ‘one another’ is another member of God’s family. But let’s face it, God’s family doesn’t always act like family. There are times I believe I must look out for myself because others around me aren’t going to do it. It’s hard to fathom that God would ask me to honor all brothers and sisters above myself. Aren’t there conditions for this?
Apparently not. God honored me, was faithful to me, when I was not faithful to Him. God loved me when I didn’t love Him. God preserved my spirit through treacherous times even though I wounded His Spirit. In this way, He showed me how to love, with action, the other members of His family that He loves. Even in their disobedience.
Recently, I saw a friend pray for someone who was extremely jealous of her. Tearfully, she asked God to bless her and reveal Himself to her. And He did. God rewards those who obey.
Every one of us have been slighted, passed over, ignored, criticized, belittled, and treated as one ‘not precious’ by someone in the family of God. You, like me, probably said under your breath, “They’re not much of a Christian!” This morning, I must say that I’m not much of one at times either. Am I willing to honor those I’m not fond of with sincere encouragement, with prayers for God to touch their heart profoundly?
The best example of Jesus honoring those who dishonored Him was the scene at the cross. As He looked out in a haze of pain, He saw his own kinsmen who had betrayed Him. He saw the disciples who had deserted Him. He saw the faces of the Roman soldiers who hated Him but whom He loved anyway. His prayer of honor was this: “Forgive them. They know not what they do.” And then He gave His life for their sins.
Whatever I do to honor any difficult person is miniscule in comparison to that. Remembering that will fuel my heart with the spiritual energy needed to imitate the One who is so good to me, still.
You’ve never dishonored me. You never stopped loving me and reaching out to me, even while I was wounding You. Amen