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A “One Another” People

May 16, 2013

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Paul had a formula for his teaching.

  1. He was always setting an example
  2. He expected Christians to follow that example
  3. He instructed us to set the example for others (2 Timothy 2:2, Philippians 4:9)

One of the common examples we see in Paul’s letters is his concern for the churches he planted. He made it clear that he loved his brethren! In 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13 we read where he sent Timothy down to check on the Thessalonian church.

That concern for “one another” is a big ingredient to the success of the Lord’s church.

Paul mentions how we should treat one another a number of times in his letters. He says we are to:

  • Prefer one another in honor (Romans 12:10)
  • Admonish or Instruct one another (Romans 15:14)
  • Speak the truth in love one to another (Ephesians 4:15)
  • Forbear one another (Ephesians 4:2)
  • Forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32)
  • Comfort or encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 4:18)
  • Edify one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
  • Exhort one another (Hebrews 3:13)

The next time we sense there is a conflict between “one another,” we now have a head start on how to resolve it. One of the things in this list will surely help.

The bottom line is that we are to “love one another” just like Jesus loves us. (John 13:34-35)

Daily Bible reading for May 16

Psalm 135
Numbers 16-17
Isaiah 55
1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13

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