Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
Pastor and author Andy Stanley once said, “The primary activity of the local church is one anothering one another.”
Read that again.
Now read it slower.
One anothering one another.
The phrase “one another” comes from the Greek word “allelon” which means “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. Interestingly, four of them are about “greeting one another with a holy kiss.” Obviously, this is a cultural concept that won’t play well today, and not just because of COVID-19! 🙂
We are called to (here’s just a sampling…):
• Be at peace with one another (Mark 9:50)
• Accept one another (Romans 15:7)
• Be kind, tender-hearted, and forgiving to one another (Ephesians 4:32)
• Confess your sins to one another (James 5:16)
• Be devoted to one another in love (Romans 12:10)
• Serve one another (Galatians 5:13)
• Regard one another as more important than yourself (Philippians 2:3)
And I could go on and on. Remember there are 100 or so of these “one another” commands. I encourage you to look them up (Google “one another in Scripture”) and study them. Better yet, let them study YOU. How are YOU doing with the “one anothers?”
There’s a major reason why this is so important, and I was just reminded of it a moment ago…I had to pause in writing this Hello Friends, and close my laptop, in order to talk to and pray with someone that is dealing with heavy emotional stuff and considering the taking of their life.
Loved ones…people are really hurting. I know we all are hurting in some form or fashion. But there are those that are REALLY HURTING. BAD.
We must be aware of and available to the “one another.”
Love one another, pray for one another, encourage one another.
This is what the Body of Christ does. This is what makes the church THE CHURCH.
Grace & Peace,