The Case for "One Another" (See These 59 Commands in the Bible)
May 17, 2023
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Jesus, on the night He was betrayed spoke these words, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”
He added later, "If you love Me, you will keep My commands..."
He reiterated both of these concepts multiple times that night (as seen in the Gospel of John chapters 13-17).
Many of us hear the ten commandments read in a church service (possibly several times a month). Many of us have heard the great commandment to love God with "all our heart, soul, mind and strength" many times as well. We've then also heard the second command, to love thy neighbor as thyself. These commands are very familiar to most of us.
But are you familiar with the 59 other "one another" commands? I think you might remember some as it's quite a long list. You've likely heard many of them, but reading the entire list is memorable. See the full list here: The “One Another” Passages (mmlearn.org)
I deeply believe that when we as the body of Christ intentionally try to follow these fifty-nine one another commands, especially the NEW command Jesus gave us to love one another, that is repeated fourteen more times in the New Testament, many of our conflicts will disintegrate.
Interestingly, none of these commands specify gender. Our relationships will not be about power or gender roles or ruling over others. They won't be about race, masks, vaccines, or whatever the conflict might be at the time, but instead it is a mutual collaboration of how we love one another as Jesus has loved us, so other men and women may flourish and thrive in their true identity in Christ!
The following list is copied from the posted link, credit for compiling this list of Scripture passages is given to mmlearn.org:
The “One Another” Passages
The phrase "one another" is derived from the Greek word allelon which means "one another, each other; mutually, reciprocally." It occurs 100 times in the New Testament. Approximately 59 of those occurrences are specific commands teaching us how (and how not) to relate to one another.
Obedience to these commands is imperative. It forms the basis for all true Christian community and has a direct impact on our witness to the world (John 13:35). In addition to allelon, the Bible uses other words and phrases to instruct us how to relate to others. With that in mind, the following list is not exhaustive and primarily focuses on the use of allelon.
Love one another (John 13:34; this command occurs at least 16 times)
Be devoted to one another (Romans 12:10)
Honor one another above yourselves (Romans 12:10)
Live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16)
Build up one another (Romans 14:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:11)
Be likeminded towards one another (Romans 15:5)
Accept one another (Romans 15:7)
Admonish one another (Romans 15:14; Colossians 3:16)
Greet one another (Romans 16:16)
Care for one another (1 Corinthians 12:25)
Serve one another (Galatians 5:13)
Bear one another's burdens (Galatians 6:2)
Forgive one another (Ephesians 4:2, 32; Colossians 3:13)
Be patient with one another (Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:13)
Speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15, 25)
Be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32)
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19)
Submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21, 1 Peter 5:5)
Consider others better than yourselves (Philippians 2:3)
Look to the interests of one another (Philippians 2:4)
Bear with one another (Colossians 3:13)
Teach one another (Colossians 3:16)
Comfort one another (1 Thessalonians 4:18)
Encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
Exhort one another (Hebrews 3:13)
Stir up [provoke, stimulate] one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24)
Show hospitality to one another (1 Peter 4:9)
Employ the gifts that God has given us for the benefit of one another (1 Peter 4:10)
Clothe yourselves with humility towards one another (1 Peter 5:5)
Pray for one another (James 5:16)
Confess your faults to one another (James 5:16)
NEGATIVE COMMANDS (how not to treat one another)
Do not lie to one another (Colossians 3:9)
Stop passing judgment on one another (Romans 14:13)
If you keep on biting and devouring each other...you'll be destroyed by each other (Galatians 5:15)
Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other (Galatians 5:26)
Do not slander one another (James 4:11)
Don't grumble against each other (James 5:9)
We do all this because we are in a real sense “members of one another” (Romans 12:5; Ephesians 4:25)
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