Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
This entire section from verses nine to twenty-one is addressing the character of the Christian. Yesterday we looked at what genuine love looks like. It is abhorring what is evil and glueing oneself to that which is good. Today we are going to see what genuine love looks like while living among your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Genuine love looks like “counting others more significant then yourselves “(Philippians 2:3). This is a good definition of what it means to “outdo one another in showing honor.” Outdoing one another does not mean that we are in active competition with everyone we come across in the athletic sense we may want to understand it in today’s culture. It is a heart attitude that does not want to see yourself above others. It is esteeming others as more significant then yourself.
Do you think that this comes naturally? Do our three and one-year-old practice this principle daily? Are they trying to out do one another in showing honor by esteeming the other better than themself? Nope. That’s a big ole’ nope too! This is called human depravity. We are born with a sinful heart that does not seek to esteem others better than ourselves. This is why this section is written to Christians. It takes a new heart given through regeneration to be able to love one another like this.
If you are a Christian this is a command from God to you, you are to esteem others better than yourself. If you are a non-Christian, this text is meant to make you feel guilty so that you are driven to Jesus Christ for forgiveness and help.