“Stewarding the Hearts of Others” – Glenn Hamilton

July 03, 2017

“Don’t just pretend to love others.  Really love them.  Hate what is wrong.  Hold tightly to what is good.  Love each other with genuine affection and take delight honoring each other.” – Romans 12:9-10 (NLT)

What does it mean to honor another?  Simply to tell someone else how valuable they are.  Often in the Christian life we simply don’t do this.  It’s as if we believe that to honor another person might lead them to a false sense of their worth.  The truth is, speaking words of honor (or performing acts of honor) serves to silence the “voices” from the recipients past that war against their understanding of their own worth.

When we actually “delight in honoring each other,” we inject love into the equation as well.  Love for another is an extension of God’s work in us.  As we understand and experience His love for us, we are able to “love with genuine affection.”  This combination of love and honor only serves to build up rather than bring destruction to another person.

Romans 12 is clear.  Loving and delighting to honor each other is a directive from the apostle Paul.  So how do we do that in a genuine way?  (1) Ask Jesus for the ability to genuinely love others and to break your heart for what breaks His.  (2) Begin exercising the muscle:  Look for ways today to honor someone not just for what they’ve done, but for who they are.  This kind of genuine investment in others pays dividends that will amaze and will change you as well.

CORNERSTONE:  Stewardship

- Glenn Hamilton, Vice President for Business Affairs

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