Disclaimer: About This Blog

THIS BLOG IS: my personal journey of how I am rethinking some of my spiritual beliefs.
THIS BLOG IS NOT: intended to point fingers at people who I think are wrong.
I do not believe the final judgement will be based on how many correct answers we get on a theology exam. I believe many people throughout history have had genuine relationships with our Lord and Saviour Jesus, despite holding questionable beliefs and practices. I make no claim to having it all figured out or being your judge. If we end up disagreeing over these topics I pray we can find a way to demonstrate grace.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

One Another

I just wanted to compile a list of the "one another" verses from the NT. I know there are other verses that describe how we are to relate to our other brothers and sisters in Christ, but there's enough here to chew on for awhile.

John 13:34-35 (NIV)
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
Love - 7 more references with "one another" and love

Romans 12:10 (NIV)
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Romans 12:16 (NIV)
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Romans 14:13 (NIV)
Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way.
Romans 15:7 (NIV)
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
Romans 15:14 (NIV)
I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.
Romans 16:16 (NIV)
Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send greetings.
Kiss - 3 more references with "one another" and "kiss"

1 Corinthians 1:10 (NIV)
I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
Galatians 5:13 (NIV)
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature ; rather, serve one another in love.
Ephesians 4:2 (NIV)
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 5:19 (NIV)
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,
Ephesians 5:21 (NIV)
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Colossians 3:16 (NIV)
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Encourage 2 more references with "one another" and "encourage"

Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
James 4:11 (NIV)
Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.
1 Peter 3:8 (NIV)
Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.
1 Peter 4:9 (NIV)
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
1 Peter 5:5 (NIV)
Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
So how am I doing regarding all this? Am I relating to the body of Christ the way I am requested? OK, the 4 references to kissing one another... ??? Not sure about that one... and agree with one another...? not sure if that's possible either. I think we can strive to agree on the essentials of our faith, but there will likely be other things we'll need to agree to disagree about... I'll continue to pray about this one.

The list goes on, hospitality, humility, harmony, not slandering, encouraging, teaching, admonishing (giving advice), forgiving, submitting, singing together, kindness, compassion, bearing with, serving, accepting, and the repeated call to love one another.

We all should be relating to one another in these ways. If I am part of Christ's body, a priority of mine will be to relate to anyone else who is part of Christ's body in these ways.

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