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“Outdo one another in showing honor.” Romans 12:10

Here is a competition in which everyone wins, here is where we can fight for first place in line: in honoring one another. Not just accepting one another, not just forgiving one another, not just tolerating one another, but honoring one another.

Every church can be a culture of honor. Why? Because of the doctrine of glorification. It’s the punch-line of the gospel: “Them he glorified” (Romans 8:30). Every Christian you know will be forever glorious inside and out with the glory of the risen Jesus: “To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 2:14). Let’s see one another not as we are but as we will be. That gospel-perception makes Romans 12:10 an obvious thing to do. Romans 12:10 might be the most disobeyed Scripture in our churches today, but it really is the wardrobe into Narnia.

Who wouldn’t want to walk into church this next Sunday morning to a hero’s welcome?


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6 thoughts on “Romans 12:10”

  1. Genmaspeaks says:

    Thank you for your wonderful words. I have shared you message with several friends.
    Genma

  2. Ray Ortlund says:

    Thank you both so much.

    In response to the question about indwelling sin, I can’t think offhand of any biblical command that says, “Don’t minimize someone else’s sin.” I see the wisdom of never forgetting human nature, of course. But should that guardedness set the tone of our fellowship? Paul is setting a different tone in Romans 12:10, as I see it.

    What challenges me every day is the passage in Edwards, perhaps the most wonderful thing I’ve ever read outside the Bible, in his “Thoughts on the Revival,” (BOT edition, volume 1, pages 398ff), where he describes the psychology of humility and says, among other things:

    “The eminently humble Christian has so much to do at home, and sees so much evil in his own heart, and is so concerned about it, that he is not apt to be very busy with other hearts.”

  3. Jack Hager says:

    Tremendous stuff! I also read your comment and the quote from Edwards; very chewable…

  4. KSprecher says:

    Very helpful Ray. Thanks for taking the time to respond.

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Ray Ortlund is senior pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.

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