30 “One Anothers”

THOSE LITTLE WORDS — “one another” have great significance for anyone involved in recovering a New Testament lifestyle. In Scripture there are thirty “one anothers” that are to characterize the people of God. Reviewing the list makes it apparent that God intends His Church be built with a strong relational emphasis.

  • Love one another
  • Forgive one another
  • Be devoted to one another
  • Forbear with one another
  • Encourage one another
  • Build up one another
  • Don’t judge one another
  • Accept one another
  • Counsel one another
  • Greet one another
  • Wait for one another
  • Care for one another
  • Serve one another
  • Pray for one another
  • Fellowship with one another
  • Mutually depend on one another
  • Outdo one another in showing honor
  • Submit to one another
  • Rejoice with one another
  • Weep with one another
  • Stir up one another
  • Be hospitable to one another
  • Minister gifts to one another
  • Be clothed in humility to one another
  • Don’t speak evil against one another
  • Don’t grumble against one another
  • Be kind to one another
  • Confess your faults to one another
  • Bear one another’s burdens one another
  • Have the same mind toward one another

These “one anothers” are the relational “building blocks” without which Christianity becomes brittle formalism. Seeing this list makes at least two things clear: 1) Christianity cannot be lived in isolation; and 2) few of them can be fully exercised in a public assembly alone.

–The Searchlight
Diocese of Port Elizabeth
The Anglican Digest, 1988