When I open my mouth, do I edify and minister grace to the hearers? Or do my words manipulate people to give me what I want and to pay attention to my needs? I am to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. I should be operating according to the honor code of the royal family, esteeming others as better than myself and honoring their individual freedom.
I am to owe no man anything but love. Called to be a good steward, I am to love others as God loves me through the indwelling Holy Spirit. Whatever I do, I do not need special attention. I have no approbation lust, so I don’t need to hear someone say, “Good job” for everything I do. I don’t need the praise of men, although some people may express their love because of honor. There is no power lust driving me to usurp authority or to control people through manipulation.
I am hid in the Body of Christ, participating as a member in particular. I am a steward of the grace that is coming toward me on every side (1 Peter 4:10).