10 teachings from Romans 12 for doing what is honorable

The apostle Paul gives us 10 keys to doing what is honorable.

Fwhat is honorable. It is a difficult concept to define. Is honor something you give or receive? On what conditions? In the end, it is easier to spot situations where one has lacked honor. Yet the Bible invites us to do what is honorable, and the chapter 12 of the letter to the Romans is a good guide in this process.

Don't overestimate yourself

It is the basis for correctly orienting our thoughts on this subject. If I have high self-esteem, I'm bound to demand honors. Our egocentricity will prevent us from seeing if what we are doing is honorable.

By the grace given to me, I say to each of you not to think too highly of yourself, but to put on modest feelings, according to the measure of faith that God has bestowed on each one.
12 Romans: 3

Remember we all have different talents

In the body of Christ, each has a different function. All is grace and grace acts differently in each of us, without any hierarchy of gifts.

For as we have many members in one body, and all the members do not have the same function, so we who are many are one body in Christ, and we are all members of one another.
12 Romans: 4-5

Love authentically

We are not at the initiative of love. It comes from God to us and we pass it on in our turn. Like his love, ours must be real.

May charity be without hypocrisy.
12 Romans: 9

Reject what is bad and seek out what is good

Rejecting evil must be done from the perspective of this genuine love. We don't have to dishonor a person for what they have done, their mistakes, their sin, or shame them. On the contrary, we must act in an honorable manner so that they see the access they have with the Father.

Have a horror of evil; hold fast to the good.
12 Romans: 9

To love the other like his brother

Because love is not just about words, the apostle Paul inspires us to act.

Out of brotherly love, be full of affection for one another. (Romans 12:10)

To surpass oneself by honor

Doing what is honorable is not an isolated act, nor an accident. It is done repeatedly in a relational context where each is kind to the other.

By honor, use reciprocal attentions. (Romans 12:10)

Honor in a practical way

To be of service, to be filled with hope, empathy and patience, to pray, to share, to bless. Paul lists those acts that allow us to do what is right.

Be zealous, not laziness. Be fervent in spirit. Serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope. Be patient in grief. Persevere in prayer. Provide for the needs of the saints. Exercise hospitality. Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; cry with those who cry.
12 Romans: 11-15

Seek out what is humble

Humility is the foundation of living in harmony with others.

Do not aspire to what is high, but allow yourself to be attracted by what is lowly. Do not be wise in your own eyes.
12 Romans: 16

Do what is honorable in the eyes of all

We don't have to act honorably only with those who we think deserve it. It is with each one that we must act in this way.

Seek out what is right in front of all men.
12 Romans: 17

Live in peace with all

Doing what is honorable also means accepting that vengeance belongs to God and that we must let go of our anger to maintain a relationship of peace, and even to bless our enemies.

If it is possible, as much as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but allow anger to act; for it is written, Vengeance is mine, and retribution is mine, saith the Lord. But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for by doing so, you will heap hot coals on his head. Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12: 18-21)

If we follow Paul's precepts, then we understand that doing what is honorable is a choice, motivated by love, that enables the power of the gospel to be manifested.


source: Cross walk

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