Sunday, March 20, 2005

Bad 'one anothers'

Excerpted from a recent sermon of mine on to "how" to love another . . .

Following are Paul's twenty-one "one another" statements - mingled among a lot of other "one another" statements that, shall we say, didn't make the Bible's final cut! They're all jumbled together here because that's the way church life is - the sin in our lives is mingled with the goodness he grows.

So may God gives us wisdom to tell what is from him and what is not. May God gives us patience as we deal with and relate to each other. And may what is from him grow and prevail and may what is not from him recede and die.
Abuse & use one another

Accept one another - Rom.15:7

Aggravate one another

Agree with one another - 1 Cor.1:10

Backbite one another

Be devoted to one another - Rom.12:10

Betray one another

Be kind & compassionate to one another - Eph.4:32

Cheat, manipulate & trick one another

Bear with one another - Eph.4:2; Col.3:13

Compete with one another

Encourage one another - 1 Thes.5:11; Heb.3:13; 10:25

Cross one another

Greet one another - 1 Cor.16:20; 2 Cor.13:12

Deceive & lie to one another

Honor one another - Rom.12:10

Defile & steal one another

Instruct, teach & admonish one another - Rom.15:14;
Col.3:16


Divorce one another

Live in harmony with one another - Rom.12:16

Envy one another

Love another - Rom.13:8

Gossip about & slander one another

Serve one another - Gal.5:13

Judge & go to war with one another

Speak to & sing to one another - Eph.5:19

Hate one another

Spur one another on to love & good works -
Heb.10:24


Hurt & write off one another

Stop passing judgment on one another - Rom.14:13

Ignore one another

Submit to one another - Eph.5:21

Insult & look down one another
Something to think about, isn't it?