The "One-Another's" of the Christian Life

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor” (Romans 12:10).

As active members of the body of Christ, we should strive to help and serve others. Let’s look at a few of the “one another’s” of the Bible.

We should love and show honor to one another as the verse above teaches. The kind of devotion called for will show deep spiritual affection for each other. God has placed us all in the body as members, and no member is more important than another. Jesus first gave this command (John 13:34), and we need to live it out each day.

Welcome or accept one another (Romans 15:7). Sometimes Christians grow smug in their little huddles at church, and do not take the time to welcome others. To cure this, we simply need to recall how we felt the last time we were in a place where we felt unwelcome.

In addition to welcoming people in general, we need to eagerly welcome people from different backgrounds than our own. Remember that multitudes from every tongue, tribe and nation will comprise the church in glory (Revelation 7:9). God wants us to welcome one another and not show distinctions (see also James 2:1-7).

We should also serve one another (Galatians 5:13). We spoke about this earlier in the week, but it bears repeating. The verse in Galatians adds the phrase “through love.” We serve, but do so in a spirit of love. When we serve through love, we serve in humility, patience, kindness, and generosity (see 1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

We must always remember to forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32). Since the church has many moving parts, we will bump into one another at times. We need to forgive each other just as God forgave us for Christ’s sake.

Finally, we also need to kindly admonish one another (Colossians 3:16). When we admonish someone, we point that person to God with our words. Sometimes we need to help someone who has lost their spiritual footing. At other times, we need to lift the spirits of those weighed down with burdens. Ask God for the right words to share with those around us who may need a good word in season.

One day we will gather as the church triumphant in the eternal city of glory (Hebrews 12:22-24; Revelation 21:9-14). As we look forward to that day, let’s excel in deeds of love, heartfelt worship and service to our God.

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