"One Another" Passages

After yesterday’s sermon on the church as caring community, I have received several requests for a list of the “One Another” passages. I encourage you to continue what we began yesterday — praying through these scriptures – expressing thanks, confessing sin, and asking for God’s help.

Luke 24:14-15
They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them

Romans 12:10
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Romans 12:16
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
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
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

Romans 16:16
Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send greetings.

1 Corinthians 1:10
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.

1 Corinthians 12:25
so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.

1 Corinthians 16:20
All the brothers here send you greetings.Greet one another with a holy kiss.

2 Corinthians 13:12
Greet one another with a holy kiss.

Galatians 5:13
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.

Galatians 5:15
If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

Ephesians 4:2
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 5:19
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,

Ephesians 5:21
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Colossians 3:13
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

1 Thessalonians 3:12
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.

1 Thessalonians 4:9
Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.

1 Thessalonians 4:18
Therefore encourage each other with these words.

1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:13
Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.

1 Thessalonians 5:15
Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.

Hebrews 3:13
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

Hebrews 10:24-25
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 13:1
Keep on loving each other as brothers.

James 4:11
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.

James 5:9
Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

1 Peter 1:22
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.

1 Peter 3:8
Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.

1 Peter 4:8-9
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

1 Peter 5:14
Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

1 John 4:7
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:11-12
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

Build Up One another

“Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11).

The second-coming of Jesus was important to the church at Thessalonica. Even so, Paul did not provide them a timetable as to when it would all begin to unfold. In fact, he suggests that while they may have been ignorant about some doctrinal matters, they were well-aware that the specific schedule for the end times was revealed on a need-to-know basis and they didn’t need-to-know.

Jesus’ return would be as unexpected as a thief’s arrival but as inevitable as the onset of labor. Jesus is coming – count on it! But don’t concern yourself with when the return will take place. Instead, be ready now and always.

The timing of Jesus’ return might be a well-guarded secret, but that should not keep us from being prepared. We Christians need to steadily live our lives in a manner consistent with our commitment to Jesus: living in light as opposed to darkness, being alert and self-controlled rather than unprepared, undisciplined, and drunk.

Since we are God’s people, our lives ought to be characterized by faith, hope, and love. We need to remember the most basic of doctrines: Jesus died for us. Because we know Jesus died for us we have a new identity as God’s children, “sons of the day.” Jesus died for us so that we would not have to endure the wrath of God. Jesus died for us so that we could live with Him forever. That promise of being with Him in the end is good no matter if you are dead or alive when He comes again.

The church needs to be a people like no other who encourage each other and build up one another. When we see a brother drifting off, losing his alertness, we need to speak a word of encouragement. “Wake up, you belong to the day!” When we see a sister living carelessly without self-control we need to build her up. “Jesus died so we would be prepared for His return!”

The timing of second-coming will be a surprise. But don’t be unprepared.