Honor One Another: the Complex Purpose Behind the Command



Welcome to Fit and Food Friday!

WATCHING the PBS documentary, “Stress: Portrait of a Killer,” changed my outlook on why God counsels us to treat one another kindly and to love others above and beyond. When He gave this command, I don’t believe He was thinking solely of gaining honor for Himself.

NOR DO I think He laid down rules for me to follow just to make me a better person.

CERTAINLY, He is worthy of all honor, and yes I must learn to reflect His character. But, no, I think the Lord God is phenomenally and vastly more altruistic than we give Him credit for.
That said…

IF HONORING people is not simply for His sake, then why bother?


“Become a servant.”

“Rulers, do not lord it over people.”

THESE AND other commands take on a whole new dimension when we look deeper into the psychology of our (often manmade) social structure. God created us and knows how our body’s internal systems function…and malfunction.

taking the time to watch
this 56 minute documentary.
Everyone from CEOs
to mailroom delivery workers
to parents with special needs children
and students.

BUT HERE’S THE CHALLENGE. View the realities of this scientific research through the lens of biblical truths. I pray the revelation will thrill you as it did me. You might just change the world…or at least your own sphere of influence.

Click here for Portrait of a Killer

Just a few verses of many to let steep in your mind:

“Show no partiality.”

“All of you should be…united in spirit, sympathizing, loving each other as of one household, compassionate and courteous, tenderhearted and humble.” I Peter 3:8

“…The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves.” Luke 22:24-26

“Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” Phil 2:4

“Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” I Pet 2:17

“Bless and do not curse.”
“Show compassion”
“Do not judge.”

“Never return evil for evil or insult for insult (scolding, tongue-lashing, berating), but on the contrary blessing [praying for their welfare, happiness, and protection, and truly pitying and loving them]. For you know that to this you have been called, that you may yourselves inherit a blessing from God—that you may obtain a blessing as heirs, bringing welfare and happiness and protection.” I Peter 3:9



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