Prefer One Another by Miles Seaborn


Romans 12:9-10

INTRODUCTION: Everyone likes to receive recognition.
Something in us likes to be appreciated and received.
Nothing is wrong with honest recognition. In fact,

Paul wrote to the Thessalonians and told tem to know
their spiritual leaders, to respect them, and to honor
them for the work that they had done.

1 Thess. 5:12-13. “Now we ask you, brothers,
to respect those who work hard among you, who
are over you in the Lord and who admonish you.
Hold them in the highest regard in love because
of their work. Live in peace with each other.”

You see God should get the glory, but God's servants do deserve
honor and appreciation.

But in the admonition of Romans 12:9-10, it says
that we should prefer one another in honor. That simply
means that you and I would be willing for others to get
the recognition and receive the honor. It means that we
the recognition and receive the honor. It means that we
should be willing not to be recognized at all if this is
the will of God. Christians are to prefer one another
in honor.

I want to lock at this statement with you this
morning from two different directions. First of all,
what this statement does not mean; and then second,
what it does mean and how we can practice it.


1. Not empty flattery.

Books are available these days that tell
you how to flatter your way in or out of

ILL. There is a brand of psychology
that tells you to find the "hot button"
in every person's life, for what they
are really interested in. Then you
can use that interest to manipulate to
your own advantage; and that, of course,
leads to manipulating people.

Paul was not talking about empty flattery,
because in Romans 12:9, he said:

“Let love be without dissimulation (or hypocrisy).”

There is a hypocritical kind of love. There
is a shallow, gushy k ...

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