Loving God's Family
God's Word has much to say about how we are to treat other members of Christ's Body, the Church. The "one another" commands give us instruction. But remember, we cannot do this on our own. It is Christ in us who empowers us to live a life that is pleasing to God and honoring to our fellow Christians. Submit yourself to Jesus and allow Him to love others through you.
Here are just a few of the "one another" commands from Scripture. The greatest of these is love.
Love one another: John 13:34, Romans 12:10, Romans 13:8, 1 John 3:11, 1 John 3:23, 1 John 4:7, 1 John 4:11, 1 John 4:12,
Be kind to one another: Ephesians 4:32
Forgive one another: Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:13
Be devoted to one another: Romans 12:10
Honor one another: Romans 12:10
Encourage one another: 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Hebrews 3:13
Build each other up: 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Greet one another: 1 Peter 5:14, 2 Corinthians 13:12
Motivate (spur on) one another: Hebrews 10:24
Submit to one another: Ephesians 5:21
Bear with one another: Ephesians 4:2
Have fellowship with one another: 1 John 1:7
Admonish one another: Colossians 3:16
The primary purpose of the church is the same as it was for God's people from the beginning of time. Jesus clearly summed up all the commandments of the law and all the preaching of the prophets with a small but powerful word -- LOVE. (read more)
What's at the heart of Christian love? Jesus said, "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35).... So, what is the Biblical definition for love? Let's search the Scriptures and find out.
The Greek word for "one another" is "allelon" which denotes a reciprocal and mutual work on the part of believers toward one another. It occurs 58 times in the New Testament, excluding the Gospels. Click here for a list of the one another commands. A church body which practices these commands experiences a meaningful, dynamic, deep, caring concern for fellow believers. (read article)
by Charles R. Swindoll
Chuck Swindoll centers on some much-quoted verses in Scripture that are, nevertheless, often too infrequently applied. He says that the need for Christians to fellowship together in an atmosphere of acceptance and empowerment has never been greater. The times we live in are growing more and more hostile to those who wish to stand firm for holiness. So we need to be careful not to add to that environment but to counter it with love and grace. (read article)
by Charles R. Swindoll
Using a very visual example from pioneer days, Chuck Swindoll illustrates the importance of community and “bearing one another’s burdens” in taking the edge off of life’s tough times. If you gravitate toward being a loner and keeping your needs to yourself, then you can benefit from this article’s reminder to share your gifts as well as your hurts with a small group of people who are committed to you. It’s the biblical model. (read article)