This past Sunday, I mentioned in my sermon a Sunday School curriculum that talked about the biblical imperative to “one-another” one another. The colleague that introduced me to this concept compiled a list of twelve scriptures that illustrate ways we can do just that: one-another one another. I share this list with you, so you can look up all the scripture references and reflect on them this week and in the weeks ahead.
12 ways God calls us to one-anothering:
Rejoice with one another (Romans 12:15)
Weep with one another (Romans 12:15)
Live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16)
Welcome one another (Romans 15:7)
Comfort one another (2 Corinthians 1:4)
Serve one another (Galatians 5:13)
Carry one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2)
Bear with one another (Colossians 3:13)
Forgive one another (Colossians 3:13)
Encourage and build up one another (1 Thess 5:11)
Don’t grumble against one another (James 5:9)
Pray for one another (James 5:16)
I want to highlight a group of people in our church who have been exceptionally faithful at ‘one-anothering’ all of us during these past 14 months. They have called and emailed and reached out by mail to the rest of us, often weekly! They have listened and prayed and cared for us. They have rejoiced with us, wept with us, and comforted us. They have carried our burdens, encouraged us and built us up. They have been involved in a ministry of ‘one-anothering.’
Thank you to Terry McKetta, Donna Beeman, Janet Cavalucci, Ed and Sheila LeCroy, JoAnn Schutte, Nancy Vanzandt, Claire Buenz, and Aida Faris. Thank you for the ways you have ‘one-anothered’ us throughout these long months of separation and isolation and sequestration.