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Fellowship With One Another # 1

In yesterday’s post, we focused on James 5:16, which says in part “confess your sins to each other and pray for each other.” Have you ever considered how many times the words “each other” or “one another” are used in the New Testament? I don’t know the answer, other than to say “many times.” Fellowship among believers was an important principle in establishing and growing the early church. The following scriptures provide evidence of how important this principle was.

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:10)

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

“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” (Romans 14:19)

“May…God…give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.” (Romans 15:5)

“So that there be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.” (I Corinthians 12:25)

“Do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” (Galatians 5:13)

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2)

“Be kind and compassionate to one another.” (Ephesians 4:32)

“In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.” (Colossians 3:13)

“Encourage one another.” (I Thessalonians 4:18)

“Encourage one another daily…” (Hebrews 3:13)

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…” (Hebrews 10:24)

“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” (I Peter 4:9)

“All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another…” (I Peter 5:5)

The writers of the New Testament frequently built upon the foundation laid by Jesus: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35) And used immediately by the earliest believers who daily “devoted themselves to…fellowship.” (Acts 2:42)

More tomorrow.

 

 

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