Romans 12:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 12:10, NIV: "Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves."

Romans 12:10, ESV: "Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor."

Romans 12:10, KJV: "Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;"

Romans 12:10, NASB: "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor,"

Romans 12:10, NLT: "Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other."

Romans 12:10, CSB: "Love one another deeply as brothers and sisters. Outdo one another in showing honor."

What does Romans 12:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul is giving a list of short commands to those who are in Christ. He is describing what it means to live as a self-sacrificing Christian. In the previous verse, he wrote that our love for each other must be sincere or genuine.

Now he writes of love as a kind of devotion to a sibling. We must love each other with a brotherly affection. The Greek word used here inspired the name of a city in the United States: Philadelphia, self-described as the city of brotherly love.

Those in Christ are truly brothers and sisters. God adopts us as His children, welcoming us into His family. That family includes everyone who knows God as Father. Brothers and sisters, of course, don't always get along. In most families, however, they share a loyalty and sense of belonging that surpasses most normal friendships.

Paul's second command in this verse urges us to compete, in a sense. We're told to outdo one another in showing honor to each other. If each of us acted on this, every person in the body of Christ would always feel deeply honored by the others and would never be satisfied that we are honoring one another enough. We would be motivated to continue asking, "How can I show more honor than he showed to me?"