Thinking Out Loud… the One-Anothers

Posted on: July 19th, 2016 by E-Free Lethbridge

Thanks for some great interaction yesterday. I really enjoyed the discussions I had with those of you who came to me after the services. It was both a joy and a challenge to lead you in responding to God’s word in 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12. I should probably say that every sermon for me is both a joy and a challenge. It’s not you, it’s me!


There is one aspect of the sermon on which I really wanted to elaborate but did not have the time. I wanted to point us in the direction of the “One Another” passages in the New Testament as a way to expand our practical understanding of agape love within the church. There are a number of these passages which can help us find different ways to love. Have a look at this list to get you started (there are more!) but before you read through them stop for a moment and pray asking God to draw your attention to one or two that you could apply this week. Once you identify one, or two (or a few!?) work through the questions I’ve suggested at the end. These questions are meant to help you find actual ways to apply them in real life situations. Have fun and be creative. God is awesome!

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have further questions.

Some of the “One Anothers”

Accept one another (Romans 15:7)

Admonish one another (Romans 15:14)

Be at peace with one another (Mark 9:50)

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love (Romans 12:10)

Be hospitable to one another without complaint (1 Peter 4:9)

Be humble toward one another (1 Peter 5:5)

Be kind to one another (Ephesians 4:32)

Be subject to one another (Ephesians 5:21)

Bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2)

Building up one another (Romans 14:19)

Care for one another (1 Corinthians 12:25)

Comfort one another (1 Thessalonians 4:18)

Confess your sins to one another (James 5:16)

Do not lie to one another (Colossians 3:9)

Encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32)

Give preference to one another in honour (Romans 12:10)

Live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16)

Pray for one another (James 5:16)

Regard one another as more important (Philippians 2:3)

Serve one another (Galatians 5:13)

Stimulate one another to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24)


Questions to help get started with one:

1.       What is the context? Read the verses before and after; maybe the whole chapter. Look at the notes in your Bible. Do they point you to any other verse(s) which might help you get a better idea of this “one another?”

2.       What does that “one another” mean? Write a definition in your own words.

3.       What are all the ways that you could apply it that come to mind? Pick one.

4.       What relationships do I already have in which I can do this?

5.       What new relationships can I start by doing this?

6.       Tell someone how it went!

Scott Currie is our pastor of small groups and the site pastor for the E-Free West site.  He will be leaving staff on August 15, 2016 and studying at the University of St. Andrew’s in Scotland.

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