Love (and Honor) One Another – The Fount Account

Good afternoon to The Fount Family, and Happy Monday,

I decided to do this blog post on the verse of the day from the Bible App. It comes from Romans 12:10- “love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.”

This verse sounds so simple to do, but as Christians, are we doing this? It’s a two-part command. First, it says to love each other and secondly, it tells us to honor each other.

Sometimes, this is easier said than done. John 13:34 also commands us to love one another, just as God has loved us. The next verse says that people will know you are a disciple of Christ by the love you show. Wait… Stop for a minute. It says, people will know that you know God by the love you show them. That’s powerful! Just by loving each other, we can point people to Christ. There are so many more verses about loving each other- 2 John 1:5, 1 John 4:7,11-12, 1 John 3:11, 23, 1 Peter 4:8, Romans 13:8 are just a few! Look at them and how similar they are. If God is telling us to love one another that many times in His Word, we need to pay attention and obey.

What about the command to honor each other? Are there as many verses about honoring each other? Not quite, but there are a few! 1 Peter 2:17 says to respect everyone and love the family of believers. Matthew 7:12, or, many people know it as the “golden rule” passage, says to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Philippians 2:3 tells us to be humble and put others above ourselves. Sometimes it may be hard to love or honor someone, especially if we do not like him or her, or if he or she has hurt us deeply, but it is not a choice; we are commanded to love and honor one another. As Pastor Paul talked about on Sunday from John 15, as we abide in God’s love, we will become more like Him and be transformed to want to love others as He loves us.

In closing, as I was looking up verses this morning, I saw a quote on the Better You Living website that I think captures the connection between love and honor well:

Love is the foundation of respect. When we genuinely love others, we naturally treat them with respect, kindness, and compassion. Love compels us to honor the worth and dignity of every person we encounter.”

May we continue to abide in Him. May we continue to be transformed by Him. May we continue to learn and know His great love. May we love and honor each other well.

Have a blessed week!