Being a follower of Jesus is not always easy. It sometimes takes us into uncomfortable situations, especially if we not paying attention. As being followers of Jesus, we are given certain instructions that are to be followed. After all, ALL scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 – “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be [come] PERFECT, thoroughly furnished unto all GOOD WORKS.”
What is one of those good works we are to perform? Philippians 2:3 – “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each ESTEEM other better than themselves.” If this one scripture were followed correctly, human nature along with its strife and tale bearing would cease. We would all get along because we would have peace, kindness, etc.
Esteem means to lift or elevate one in your eyes. It means to hold them in high regard. Do we hold every church member in high regard? This verse in Philippians 2:3 is speaking to every church member. We are to look at each other as if the other person is BETTER than ourselves. This is taking about church members. But there is another category of saints to be esteemed.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 – “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in LOVE for their work’s sake. And be AT PEACE among yourselves.”
Esteem seems to connect with love. If we esteem a brother or sister in Christ, we will love them. I John 2:9-11 – “He that says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that LOVES his brother abides in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hates his brother is in darkness, and walks in darkness, and knows not where he goes, because that darkness has blinded his eyes.”
LOVE! ESTEEM! You cannot esteem someone better than yourself if you don’t love him or her!!! Since LOVE is connected with esteeming others, let’s identify love.
I Corinthians 13:4-8 – “Charity [love] suffers long, and is kind; charity [love] envy’s not; charity [love] vaunts not itself, in NOT puffed up, Does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, it is not easily provoked, thinks NO evil; Rejoices not in iniquity [sin]. But rejoices in the truth; Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Charity [LOVE] never fails: …”
Love always wants what is the best for someone else! If you want the best for someone, it means you are esteeming him or her. If you lend a helping hand to someone in need, you are esteeming that person.
However, the opposite of esteem is disrespect. If you snub someone with your body language or by never acknowledging they exist, this is not showing esteem, rather disrespect. How can an individual show esteem and disrespect at the same time? It is simple, they can’t!!!
I John 5:1 – “WHOSOEVER believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten of God; and every one that loves him that begat loves him also that is begotten of Him.” Do you love Jesus and believe He has begotten others by His Holy Spirit? Do you believe He is the Christ [Messiah]? That should automatically teach us to love anyone Jesus has called to believe on Him.
Do we esteem others if we don’t accept them as God’s chosen? Esteem, don’t disrespect, others or you are on the edge of sin. How can we say we love God whom we have not seen and disrespect someone we have seen? Esteeming others is wonderful. Disrespecting is sin. Shall we all change?