One Another

I had the privilege of spending this past weekend in Boston with Pastor Kevin Sanders, his family, and church family. In the Sanders’ home, I noticed a list sampling some of the “one another” passages from the New Testament. I thought to myself; “Wow! What a good and healthy practice, to be thinking on these passages often.”

I offer them here and ask you to think on these verses and God’s call to you as a church member, to love your fellow church members. (By the way, it would be near impossible to practice these “one anothers” outside of being committed to a local church.)

ACCEPT ONE ANOTHER

  • “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15:7 ESV)

TEACH ONE ANOTHER

  • “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16 ESV)

BEAR ONE ANOTHER’S BURDENS

  • “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2 ESV)

BEAR WITH ONE ANOTHER

  • “… with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,” (Ephesians 4:2 ESV)

BUILD UP ONE ANOTHER

  • “So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” (Romans 14:19 ESV)

CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER

  • “… that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.” (1 Corinthians 12:25 ESV)

COMFORT ONE ANOTHER

  • “Therefore encourage one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:18 ESV)

CONFESS FAULTS TO ONE ANOTHER

  • “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” (James 5:16 ESV)

BE DEVOTED TO ONE ANOTHER

  • “Love one another with brotherly affection.” (Romans 12:10a ESV)

ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER

  • “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV)

FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER

  • “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32 ESV)

BE HONEST WITH ONE ANOTHER

  • “Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices” (Colossians 3:9 ESV)

EXHORT/WARN ONE ANOTHER

  • “…exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” (Hebrews 3:13 ESV)

HONOR ONE ANOTHER

  • “Outdo one another in showing honor.” (Romans 12:10b ESV)

BE HOSPITABLE TO ONE ANOTHER

  • “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.” (1 Peter 4:9 ESV)

BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER

  • “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32 ESV)

LOVE ONE ANOTHER

  • “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8 ESV)

MEMBERS ONE OF ANOTHER

  • … so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (Romans 12:5 ESV)

PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER

  • “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5:16 ESV)

BE OF THE SAME MIND WITH ONE ANOTHER

  • “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus…” (Romans 15:5 ESV)

SERVE ONE ANOTHER

  • “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the Flesh, but through love serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13 ESV)

SPUR ONE ANOTHER ON

  • “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,” (Hebrews 10:24 ESV)

SUBMIT TO ONE ANOTHER

  • “… submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21 ESV)

In a blog post, Ray Ortlund offered some “one anothers” you don’t find in Scripture that are worth reflecting on as well. He wrote:

…is also striking to notice the “one anothers” that do not appear there (in the New Testament).

For example, sanctify one another, humble one another, scrutinize one another, pressure one another, embarrass one another, corner one another, interrupt one another, defeat one another, sacrifice one another, shame one another, marginalize one another, exclude one another, run one another’s lives, confess one another’s sins…

Let’s strive, by God’s grace and His guidance given in Scripture, to love ONE ANOTHER well.

About Pastor Matt

Matt Baker is the Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church.
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