Romans 12:10 (six versions) Be Devoted To One Another With Mutual Affection; Love each other with brotherly affection and take delight in honoring each other; Be devoted to one another in love; Honor one another above yourselves; Be devoted to one another in brotherly love–give preference to one another in honor; Love each other as brothers and sisters and honor others more than you do yourself; Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.
As we go through our day, we have the opportunity and privilege to listen to The Teacher – the Holy Spirit of Christ in us, who shows us what He wants us to do and say. Christ is in all, so even people who don’t yet know Him can hear from Him and be influenced by Him. Since all good things come from God, any time we see any person doing what Jesus would do, that person has been influenced in some way by Jesus!
This past Saturday the #2 KU Jayhawk basketball team beat previously undefeated Syracuse 76 to 60 and KU’s DeVonte’ Graham was named MVP of the game by virtue of his 35 point performance. However in the post-game interview, Graham deferred and said that seldom-used walk-on reserve Clay Young deserved the honor.
Even though Graham outscored Young by 35 points (Young’s stat line was mostly zeros), Young played mistake free and was in the right place at the right times for the 12 minutes he got to play because other key players were in foul trouble.
Graham’s words and actions seem to me to be a great example of “taking delight in honoring another; honoring another about yourself; honoring others more than you do yourself; and giving preference to another.”
I don’t know if DeVonte’ Graham knows Romans 12:10 or if he knows Jesus yet. But I do know he’s demonstrating Christ’s “one another” example!
Today we can all look for similar examples in others, and let The Teacher prompt us to do the same. That’s called “growing in grace!”
Check out my new novel, “Convertible Conversations” which is about two grandparents and their 10 year old grandson whom they are raising. You’ll see multiple heart-warming examples of being devoted to one another in Christ’s love! ~Paul Gray