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