Driving in the van today, I was listening to Pastor Tony Evans on the radio.
He said the phrase, “one another“ is a common one in the New Testament. I hadn’t noticed that before, and he pointed it out because it shows how important it must be to God that we look out for “one another”. Hmmm… I made a mental note to look up the “one another-ing” verses when I got home.
Here’s what I found on BlueletterBible.org
Note: There were too many to list! But here’s my favorites…
“…serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13b
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ in God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13
s I read over these verses, I thought, it’s easy to live them out at church, or with people who are nice all the time out in public, but what about at home, where it really counts; behind closed doors, where it may not be as easy to “bear with” the bear your spouse is in the morning, or be “kind and compassionate” to the kind of people you have to live with every day.
That’s where it ain’t so easy to be “humble and gentle”, not to mention “forgiving”…
The “One-Another Prayer:
“Father, I want to be merciful, kind and compassionate to the people I live with, to the ones I work with every day. I want to bear with them, and forgive them just like you have forgiven me.
I know I can’t do it on my own. Thank you for your Holy Spirit who will come along side and help me. The fruits of the Spirit are “love, joy, peace , patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22), all that I need to be all that You want me to be to those closest to me, the ones who see the real me. In Jesus’ name, amen.”