Saturday, March 8, 2014

Going It Alone in Hard Times?

Proverbs 18:1 strongly advises against it.  Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.”

Not going it alone is made very clear in a survey of the “one another” NT passages.

We are to “love one another,” “be devoted to one another,” “honor one another,” and “live in harmony with one another.” (John 15:12; Rom 12:10; Rom 12:16) 

There is the need to “accept one another,” “greet one another,” and “wait for each another.” (Rom 15:5; Rom 16:16; 1 Cor 16:20; 2 Cor 13:12; 1 Pet 5:14; 1 Cor 11:33)

As we are a part of the body of Christ we are to “have equal concern for each another,” “serve one another,” “bearing with one another,” and “be kind and compassionate to one another.” (1 Cor 12:25; Gal 5:13; Eph 4:2; Eph 4:32)

In our worship we are to “speak to one another in psalms, hymns, spiritual songs” (Eph 5:19)

In humility we are to “consider others better than yourself.” (Phil 2:3)

As we live for Christ there is always the need to “encourage one another and build each other up” and “spur one another on.” (1 Thess 5:11; Heb 10:24)

To maintain unity we need to “confess your sins to each other and pray for each other” and “offer hospitality to one another.” (Jas 5:16; 1 Pet 4:9) 

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