Fifty nine times in the New Testament followers of Jesus are commanded to be about one another. Throughout Jesus’s ministry, he expressed and modeled an urgency for our love for others. He told his disciples that people would identify them as such by the way in which they loved.
Our tendency is to see our faith more about our beliefs and our habits. Though these are critical pieces of our walk with the Spirit, we can slip into a mode of self-serving religion and judgmental pride forgetting that “one another” is the theme of Jesus’s ministry and the aim of his mission.
Cyprian, a church leader in third century north Africa, wrote this, “Now I am calling you to broaden your view…by loving your neighbors. Visit them, too; encourage them; provide bread and water for them. I know that in recent months some pagans have been involved in persecuting you. Pray for them; pray for their salvation, and help them. You are God’s children: the descendants of a good Father should prove the imitation of his goodness.” When we are for one another, people meet Jesus and we will be blessed when we show him to them.
Love One Another
Serve One Another
Pray for One Another
Encourage One Another
Forgive One Another
Honor One Another
Be Compassionate to One Another
Instruct One Another