Have we forgotten "one another"?

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 I’ve hesitated writing this blog entry for over a week.  I hesitate not because it isn’t a needed comment, but because I need to hear and heed it as much as anyone. 

Over the last several weeks, I have repeatedly witnessed those of us committed to following Jesus treat one another in ways that most unchurched persons would simply call uncivil:  snide comments, sarcastic emails, mean-spirited conversations, self-righteously angry outbursts, unrelenting harangs, and gossiping.  

And all of these without any sense that this is just not who we are in Christ.

One time, as a boy, I had acted in a way that was really rather vicious towards my younger brother.  My grandfather, whom I thought hung the moon, looked at me with disappointment in his eyes and said, “Jeff, you need to pause and remember who we are; we don’t treat one another like that in our family.”  I don’t pause often enough, but when I do, I can still hear him saying that to me.

Radical Hospitality begins at home.  Have you ever gone over to someone’s house and from the moment you walked in you knew that the people there were in a tiff and mad with one another.  It feels really uncomfortable and you don’t want to be part of it.  When that has happened to me, I usually look for an excuse to leave . . . quickly!  

The Body of Christ is supposed to be a different sort of community from the rest of the world’s communities.  Those of us who claim to be apprentices of Jesus are called and committed to learning to be more like Him in the ways we treat one another. 

Will you join me in a renewed and prayerful commitment to remember and live into the “one anothers” with one another?

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.   John 13:24-35
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.   Romans 12:10
Live in harmony with one another.  Romans 12:16
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8
Stop passing judgment on one another.  Romans 14:13
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you.  Romans 15:7
Agree with one another.  I Corinthians 1:10
Serve one another in love.  Galatians 5:13
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 God forgave you.  Ephesians 4:32
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.  Ephesians 5:21
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Colossians 3:13
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom.  Colossians 3:16
Encourage one another and build each other up. I Thessalonians 5:11
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.   Hebrews 10:24, 25
Do not slander one another.   James 4:11
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.  I Peter 1:22
Live in harmony with one another.  I Peter 3:8
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  I Peter 4:9
Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another.  I Peter 5:5
Greet one another with a kiss of love. I Peter 5:14
We should love one another.  I John 3:11
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.  I John 4:7
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  I John 4:11
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.   I John 4:12

Jeff Stiggins
Office of Congregational Transformation



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