May we open our eyes, ears and hearts to the relationships that are all around us.
What Jesus modeled and the central message of the Bible is how to live in relationship with God and with one another.
In God’s Word we are given many “one another” verses found in the teachings of the New Testament – love one another, forgive one another……
Prayerfully take some time to meditate on these “one another’s”.
Allow these words to soak in. Consider what it would feel like to bring these “one-another’s” together into all your relationships. How would you live differently? Imagine what would change in our hearts and the hearts of those we come in contact with daily if we lived these out. What would that look like? Can you think of any of these that you need to give to yourself or someone else in your life?
- Love one another.
- Have peace and accept one another.
- Be humble and do not judge one another.
- Be like-minded and have the same care toward one another.
- Instruct and teach one another.
- Encourage one another.
- Minister to one another.
- Serve one another.
- Bear with one another.
- Be patient with one another.
- Be kind to one another.
- Do not lie to one another and forgive one another.
- Comfort one another.
- Confess your trespasses to one another and pray for one another.
- Have compassion and minister to one another.
- Be submissive to one another.
- Have fellowship with one another.
- Spur one another on to love and good deeds. Love one another deeply from the heart.
God’s Word is so amazing. These “one anothers” that God gives to us are so intricately woven together that one cannot exist apart from the others. In order to stand on their own they must stand together.
However we mix them we cannot have one without another. In order to really love one another we must be compassionate towards one another. In order to truly honor someone we must be humble towards that person. If we are to be patient we must bear with one another. When we minister to one another we show we care. To instruct and teach with wisdom and encouragement makes all the difference doesn’t’ it? As we serve others we need to seek to be humble. How are we to accept and build another up when we are passing judgment? As we show kindness, pray for, and encourage another they feel cared for and loved. What a difference this would make not only in all of our relational encounters but also in our own hearts as well. Jesus modeled this perfectly for us in all of his relationships. .
May we not live with judgement or condemnation but rather seek to live out what it means to love one another, God and ourselves moment by moment….. one day at a time.
Peace and Grace,