Aug 30, 2022
Would you say you're devoted to others in brotherly love?
Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr., with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me
again today on the Follower of One podcast, I've often spoken about
verses from Romans 11, and there's a section of verses in Romans 11
that I've not talked about before and that's verses 10 through
So I want to do a few part series on these verses because they're
right in the middle of a really cool section of this chapter where
we are directed on how we interact with one another. And I believe
it begins by talking to Christians about how we interact with other
And that's what I think this verse is about. But I do believe that
the apostle Paul applies this to our relationships with other
people as well. And we'll talk about that in some of the later
chapters and the later verses. Today's verse is "Be devoted to one
another in brotherly love. Give preference to one another in
honor." That's Romans 12:10 and that was from the New American
Standard. In the English Standard Version it says, "Love one
another with brotherly affection outdo one another in showing
We are called to love other people like they're are brothers,
especially those inside the church. And do we do that? Do you catch
yourself doing that? This one of the summary verses of this
section. It actually talks about our humility and how we're to be
humble in verse 16.
And I've spoken about that before in episode 33. It was a long time
ago in our podcast, so it was one of the very early episodes. But
humility's one of those things that I want to talk about every 10
years or so. Actually, no - I need to talk about it more than that.
I have a problem with arrogance.
And so that's one of those things I'm constantly on myself about.
That's part of the reason why I keep coming back to this section of
scripture. When I can put others ahead of myself, when I can be
devoted to them in brotherly love, when I can give preference to
them in honor, I can try and outdo each other by showing honor to
When I am able to love them and out do them and showing honor to
them, this is a challenge. It's a practical challenge for us as
marketplace Christians. Every day as we go into our workplace, this
one verse is plenty to do.
We can be devoted to one another in brotherly love. We can show
mutual love, It says in the net Bible. Or brotherly affection as it
says in the ESV, or brotherly love in the other chapters. It's
talking about phileo. It's talking about this mutual affection that
we have for others. It requires us to give it first. As Christ
followers we give that love first. Almost always we respond to
people loving us with love.
But almost never do we give it first. And Christians, I believe,
are called to give that love first. That way we get to go into our
workplaces today and look for opportunities to give away the love
of Christ, to appreciate people and show them that we appreciate
them. Help them feel appreciated. It's not how we act as much as it
is how they feel.
And so that's our challenge for today. Today. I want to challenge
us as marketplace Christians: Let's go into our workplaces today
and if we know other Christ followers in the workplace, then let's
especially be preferential towards them. Let's do things to show
this honor and brotherly love towards believers. But, let's also do
that with our coworkers.
These people are giving away their lives in their job at the same
rate we are giving away our life in our jobs. So let's go invest
our lives because our lives as Christ followers will last forever.
So we can give away what we have now, so that these other people
that we know might move a little closer to Jesus.
That's our goal. That's our ministry - to help other people move
one notch closer to Jesus. So today please be devoted to one
another in brotherly love and watch what God does in your
workplace. Thank you for being a marketplace minister, and thank
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