Honor Up, Down, and All Around

Series: Rebel's Guide to Joy | Week 7: When Facing Conflict

Read Philippians 2:25-30 in your personal Bible or at the link provided.

Today’s verses show how Paul described another friend who modeled Christ, even in the midst of conflict. Epaphroditus was a member of the Philippian church who visited Paul with a care package and an update. When Paul wrote about Epaphroditus, he described him as a “true brother, co-worker, and fellow soldier.” Through Paul’s words, he showed what it looks like to honor someone, not just for what they’ve done, but for who they are.

In today’s culture, honor is greatly lacking. We’re quick to tear others down, be jealous, or compete. But ironically, one of the only things the Bible tells us to compete in is to “outdo one another in showing honor” (Romans 12:10, ESV). Honor isn’t just for those above us or people we’re trying to impress. We’re called to honor up, down, and all around.

Every interaction we have is with someone who has been created in the image of God and Jesus died for. Every single person we meet deserves honor. Let’s be intentional to appreciate and celebrate others, to take on a humble posture as willing servants so we can lift others up.

Honor up, down, and all around. Reflect on the following questions, and be honest with yourself and God about how you’re doing in this area of honor. Take a step today to honor someone He brings to mind.

• When is the last time you intentionally honored someone?
• How do you speak about others when they’re not around? This might include your spouse, significant other, family members, friends, boss, co-workers, group leader, or group members. Do you honor them or gossip about them?
• Who do you need to honor today? Who do you need to appreciate and celebrate?

Use your Philippians Guidebook to reflect and respond. For a digital copy of the guidebook, visit tpcc.org/rebels-guide.

Want to go deeper? Look up the following verses for additional ways you can honor others. Note what you observe and then continue with your time of response.

Romans 12:9-18

Rebel's Guide to Joy