Tuesday, 8 December 2009

The 'one anothers'

I've spent some time doing a word study on 'one another' of the New Testament. Most of these 'one anothers' appear to be those things we do in community with other Christians, regardless of whether they are in our own church family (although they will often find expression primarily in our local church family). It's quite a list... and a great reminder that whilst following Jesus is a personal allegiance, it's never merely private.

  • Love one another (John 13:34, John 13:35, Romans 13:8, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 John 3:11, 1 John 3:23, 1 John 4:7, 1 John 4:11, 1 John 4:12)
  • Be devoted to one another in brotherly love (Romans 12:10, Hebrews 13:1)
  • Honour one another above yourselves (Romans 12:10)
  • Living in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16, 1 Peter 3:8)
  • Stop passing judgement on one another (Romans 14:3)
  • Accept one another (Romans 15:7)
  • Instruct one another (Romans 15:14)
  • Greet one another with a holy kiss (Romans 16:16)
  • Agree with one another (1 Corinthians 1:10, Philippians 4:2)
  • When you come together to eat, wait for one other (1 Corinthians 11:33)
  • Serve one another (Galatians 5:13, also by implication in John 13:14)
  • Don't become conceited, provoking and envying one other (Galatians 5:26)
  • Carry one other's burdens (Galatians 6:2)
  • Bear with one another in love (Ephesians 4:2, Colossians 3:13)
  • Be kind to one another (Ephesians 4:32, 1 Thessalonians 5:15)
  • Forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:13)
  • Sing to one another (Ephesians 5:19)
  • Submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21, Colossians 3:16)
  • Do not lie to one another (Colossians 3:9)
  • Encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 4:18, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Hebrews 3:13, Hebrews 10:25)
  • Build one another up (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
  • Live at peace with one another (1 Thessalonians 5:13)
  • Consider how to spur one another on to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24)
  • Do not slander one another (James 4:11)
  • Do not grumble towards one another (James 5:9)
  • Confess your sins to one another (James 5:16)
  • Pray for one another (James 5:16)
  • Offer hospitality to one another (1 Peter 4:9)
  • Clothe yourself with humility toward one another (1 Peter 5:5, see also Philippians 2:4)

4 comments:

K├╝snacht said...

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I enjoy reading your Blogspot very much. You are reaching out to people and helping them in many ways. Keep up the good work. Your spiritual insights have helped me when I have had moments of doubt.

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K├╝snacht

Dee! said...

True. Although Chriastianity is a personal race, a personal allegiance, it is never private! We have to remember that others are looking at us for guidiance, encouragement and so many other things.

Nice blog!

Alz said...

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your compilation. It is somewhat very close to the dilemmas I have and no doubt I will continue to have.

If other 'Christians' think that you are following the Christ wrong, so to speak, does that make it true?

Up to what extent should you let other fellow 'brothers' and 'sisters' dictate how you should believe and behave?

I look forward to more of your insightful thoughts.

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