One Another, One Another, One Another

hand-1549224_1280A recent message by Dr. Charles Stanley brought to mind the many times the phrase “one another,” or something similar, is used throughout Scripture.

If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. – John 13:14
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another. Romans 12:10
That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. – 1 Corinthians 12:25
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. – Galatians 5:13
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love. Ephesians 4:2
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. – Colossians 3:16
But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. – Hebrews 3:13
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. – James 5:16
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. – 1 John 4:7

In summary, it’s obvious that the Christian life is not only one of turning inward to the Holy Spirit, but turning outward to our brothers and sisters in Christ: family, friends, and fellow church members.

The Scriptures above remind us to…

  • humbly serve each other
  • put others’ needs above our own
  • encourage each other to live godly lives
  • be unified in the church
  • be patient with each other
  • pray for one another
  • confess our faults to each other
  • love each other!

Although those concepts seem simple to put into practice, I find that they can fall by the wayside in my own life unless I plan to do them.

chocolate-1149938_1280For example, I might take care of a chore my kids normally do, bake an unexpected treat for my husband, write an encouraging note to a friend, pray for my fellow church members and make sure to do my part in resolving any possible conflicts with them, and – most of all – beseech the Lord to help me act in love, even when I don’t feel love, toward a fellow believer.

By the way, here’s a link to Dr. Stanley’s wonderful message:

Encouraging One Another – Dr. Charles Stanley

So, what do you do to consider “one another”? I value your input, as always!

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6 thoughts on “One Another, One Another, One Another”

  1. If we just stay open, willing and ready, there are so many opportunities we have during the course of a normal day to show the love of Christ to others. As a minister, one thing I try consciously to do is make eye contact and greet as many people as possible before our church service begins. I think it’s important that they know I see them and value their presence.

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