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Love does not dishonor DAY 5

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoiceswith the truth. 7 It always protects, always

trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

As I put my youngest to bed tonight I was struck by how oblivious he is to the challenges the grown-up world is facing right now. For him it’s the best time of his life, because mommy and daddy are home 24/7. And in the midst of all the chaos as I watched him fall asleep I knew he was safe. Cared for. Loved. Honored.

It does not dishonor others

This lockdown is one of the greatest equalizers I’ve ever seen. All of us are going through the same thing. It’s as if the playing field has been leveled. In a strange way this is good, because all men are equal before this virus, just as all men are equal before God (Rom. 2:11). This reminds me of this verse in the book of second Corinthians where Paul admonishes us that true Godly love, never dishonors others. Honor means to value, to esteem, to respect, to treat favourably or to have a high regard for something or someone. My highest mission is to honor God with my whole life. In everything I say, do, think, dream, spend, plan… But I cannot say I am honoring God if I dishonor others.

Dishonoring others in any way comes from an attitude of ugly, self-deluding over-importance and entitlement. We can get all rude and nasty when someone dares to cut in front us – in a line, in a car, in our lives – in any way. Our tone, words and attitudes can turn sarcastic, biting, dismissive, destructive and dishonoring when others in our world dare to turn their attention to things other than meeting our very important needs. (Even if they have no idea what those needs of ours are in the first place – because we didn’t tell them!) This is not love. Love does not dishonor others. Love is not rude. Love is not self-seeking.

As we are stuck in our homes over this time, let’s not get stuck in perhaps an old pattern of dishonoring others. It might be the way we treat a security guard, a child, the elderly, someone from another race. In Psalm 8 David looks to the heavens and says:

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.

Psalm 8:3-5

We are crowed with glory and honor. We have been made in so much love and splendour. All of us. As we think of so many other people in our country and in the world that has it so much worse than us in this time, let’s think of them with honor. Let’s pray for them with honor and let’s honor God by honoring others.

Stay safe and stand strong.

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