The ‘One Anothers’
In the New Testament there are a number of passages that refer to ‘one another’. It can be very helpful in our Christian faith to do a study on each of these to learn more about what it means to be part of the community of believers.
The local church exists for the purpose of pointing people to the truth and reality of God and His kingdom (glorifying God) and to help each of us reach unity and maturity in the faith, as Paul says in Ephesians 4:13-16, “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”
God’s design for the Church points to the reality that we need each other – each person has a vital part to play in this community of faith at North Pine Baptist. That means we are not meant to be consumers but contributors. And our contribution is reliant upon God’s Spirit working in us and through us. The ‘one another’ passages point to the practical nature of our relationships within the body.
So, what do these passages teach us?
We are to:
Be at peace with one another (Mark 9:50; 2 Corinthians 13:11)
Love one another (John 13:34; Romans 12:10; 1 John 3:11,23; 1 John 4:7,11,13)
Outdo one another in showing honour (Romans 12:10)
Live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16; 15:5; 2 Corinthians 13:11)
Welcome one another (Romans 15:7)
Comfort one another (2 Corinthians 13:11)
Bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2)
Be kind to one another (Ephesians 4:32)
Forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13)
Submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21)
Teach and admonish one another (Colossians 3:16)
Encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 3:13)
Seek to do good to one another (1 Thessalonians 5:15)
Stir up one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24)
Confess your sins to one another (James 5:16)
Pray for one another (James 5:16)
Show hospitality to one another (1 Peter 4:9)
Serve one another (1 Peter 4:10)
A community that demonstrates these kinds of attitudes and behaviours through the help of the Holy Spirit will truly demonstrate the power and presence of God to those around us. What a witness the would be! Let’s commit ourselves to being such a community with God’s help.