BODY LIFE: Relating to One Another

God has given the Church His blueprint for building itself up which includes relating to one another in specific ways and everybody doing their part through the use of their spiritual gifts.

About the One Another Commands of Scripture

The Greek word for "one another" is "allelon" which denotes a reciprocal and mutual work on the part of believers toward one another. It occurs 58 times in the New Testament, excluding the Gospels. Scroll down for a list of the one another commands.
 
A church body which practices these commands experiences a meaningful dynamic deep caring concern for fellow believers characterized by the following: (Click on a link to learn more.)

connectedness
accountability
growth
unity
motivation
ministry
fellowship

body life is exciting
These results of true body life fuel an anticipation. People actually look forward to coming together. It becomes a priority in their lives.
 
body life is evangelistic
These results also provide a platform for evangelism. In a high-tech, low-touch world, people take notice when a group of people exhibit such loving relationships. It helps to produce a yearning within them for the same. We are used by God to demonstrate Christ's love and grace in action.
 

List of One Another Commands

Accept one another
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. (Rom. 15:7)
 
Admonish one another
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (Col. 3:16)
 
Bear one another's burdens
Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Gal. 6:2)
 
Bear with one another
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Eph. 4:2)
 
Build up one another
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification (original = build up one another). (Rom. 14:19)
 
Care for one another
. . . so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. (1 Cor. 12:25)
 
Comfort one another
Therefore encourage each other (original=comfort one another) with these words. (1 Thess. 4:18)
 
Confess faults to one another
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)
 
Be Devoted to one another
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. (Rom. 12:10a)
 
Encourage one another
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thess. 5:11)
 
Fellowship with one another
But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another. (1 Jn. 1:7)
 
Forgive one another
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Eph. 4:32)
 
Greet one another
Greet one another with a holy kiss. (Rom. 16:16)
 
Be Honest with one another
Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices . . . (Col. 3:9)
 
Honor one another
Honor one another above yourselves. (Rom. 12:10b)
 
Be Hospitable to one another
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. (1 Pet. 4:9)
 
Be Kind to one another
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Eph. 4:32)
 
Love one another
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another . . . (Rom. 13:8)
 
Members one of another
So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (Rom. 12:5)
 
Pray for one another
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)
 
Be of the Same Mind with one another
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves (original=same mind among each other) as you follow Christ Jesus . . . (Rom. 15:5)
 
Serve one another
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature ; rather, serve one another in love. (Gal. 5:13)
 
Spur one another on
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. (Heb. 10:24)
 
Submit to one another
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Eph. 5:21)

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