One anothering

“One another” is a powerful phrase, isn’t it?

Jesus made the point  with characteristic simplicity “By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves]. – John 13:35.

That’s the trick. That’s why I kept coming to the fellowship: I sensed love and acceptance. I couldn’t resist it!

Serve one another

John 13:14 (NASB) “If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another‘s feet.

Gal 5:13 (NASB) For you were called to freedom, brethren; only {do} not {turn} your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

How do I serve? Only by my acceptance and love. It’s not that I become servile or demean myself in some way. Jesus certainly didn’t!  He was so confident of his own place in his father’s love that his service to others was a love-gift to them, not a duty for them,

Accept each other

Rom 15:7 (NASB) Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.

It works! It changes everything.

Admonish (caution, warn)

Rom 15:14 (NASB) And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another.

1 Cor 12:25 (NASB) so that there may be no division in the body, but {that} the members may have the same care for one another.

Eph 4:25 (NASB) Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE {of you} WITH HIS NEIGHBOUR, for we are members of one another.

Col 3:16 (NASB) Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms {and} hymns {and} spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Remember: you can only admonish people that you love!

Support one another

1 Cor 11:33 (NASB) So then, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.Gal 6:2 (NASB) Bear one another‘s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.

Eph 4:2 (NASB) with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,

Eph 5:19 (NASB) speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;

Phil 2:3 (NASB) Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.

I cannot forget that every aspect of my life in fellowship is build up my brother and sister.

Live at Peace with one another

1 Thess 5:13 (NASB) and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.

Mark 9:50 (NASB) “Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty {again?} Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

Fellowship is the key to having a healthy Jesus-centred community.

Comfort and encourage one another

1 Thess 5:15 (NASB) See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.

1 Thess 4:18 (NASB) Therefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Thess 5:11 (NASB) Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

Heb 3:13 (NASB) But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is {still} called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

Heb 10:24 (NASB) and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,

Heb 10:25 (NASB) not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging {one another;} and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

Forgive each other, just as Jesus forgave you!

Col 3:13 (NASB) bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.

James 5:16 (NASB) Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray forone another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

1 Pet 1:22 (NASB) Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,

1 Pet 4:8 (NASB) Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.

Be hospitable to one another

1 Pe 4:9 (NASB) Be hospitable to one another without complaint

1 Pet 4:10 (NASB) As each one has received a {special} gift, employ it in servingone another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Rom 14:19 (NASB) So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.

Fellowship with one another is placed with walking with Jesus and having Him cleanse us.

1 John 1:7 (NASB) but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Let them in! No one keeps friends waiting outide.

(PS This is drawn from the blog of Mark Wilson from some years back. Re-reading and thinking it through)

Of course, all this is absolutely impossible unless we learn to forgive one another.

Have you ever been there when the penny drops,  experienced an aha moment, or  simply “seen the light”?  That was the moment when fellowship  really began for us; when we looked at each other and the truth dawned on us.  It was so simple but completely life changing.

We had been operating -without realising it- on the principle of “one rule for you and one rule for us.

Until the moment when the speaker we were listening to ,dropped the bombshell that changed our thinking and consequently our lives, from that time on.  How had we managed to say “Forgive us our trespasses” so many times and miss the point?

And forgive those who trespass against us.

Not only did we keep a ” record of wrongs ” without really knowing it , but we added -daily- anyone who annoyed us!

Until the moment on the tape that caused our minds to be unblended and we realized there was another way to think and live.

Really Forgive and love your neighbour as yourself.

And the fellowship begins. “One anothering” all the way.

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2 Responses to One anothering

  1. noel mills says:

    Good articile had not thought about it like that how are u lost ur phone number

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