On which grounds do we compete?

Week beginning: 17th June, 2018 | By Mhairi Hamilton | Ashford

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour.

Romans 12:10 (ESV)

As lawyers, we seek to excel in our work. Are we as committed to outdoing one another in showing honour?

While this call to show honour is given in the context of relating to other Christians, Paul also extends this duty to people outside of the church family (Romans 13:7), encouraging us that "as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone" (Galatians 6:10). So how do we honour those around us?

Contrary to worldly views, which could often be mistaken for public flattery, Paul clearly links showing honour with loving one another deeply. If we sincerely care for our colleagues, our clients, our staff, then we will be more willing to listen to them, to serve them and to build them up. This is not about empty platitudes, but intentional encouragement and valuing their uniqueness. Jesus models this through his servant leadership, giving honour and dignity to those he met – regardless of profession, age or societal status.

How can we honour our colleagues, clients, those who oversee us and those whom we manage? Who do we need to honour today in our law firms or places of study?

Prayer Points:

1. May we seek to be intentional in honouring others in our places of work and study today.

2. Please pray for our CLEAR partners, as we honour them for their service and faithful commitment to serving God.