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Thursday, 25 August 2011 12:29

Right doctrine without relational integrity is dead orthodoxy.  You do not learn to be friends by sitting in a classroom listening to someone lecture.  You learn to be friends by following Jesus together in daily life.   The New Testament is full of relational commandments.  Forty “one another scriptures”  are given here but the list could be extended to about seventy if you included similar verses which use words such as “brothers”, “neighbors” or “members”.

These commands, sown through out the New Testament, enforce the reality of communities of friends in flat relational structures who are to act from the heart to serve each other and in so doing serve the King who lives in each one of them.

1/ John 13:34- 35, A new commandment I give to you that you love one another;  as I have loved you, that you also love  one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

2/ John 15:12, This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have love you.

3/ John 15:17,  These things I command you that you love one another.

4/ Romans 12:10, Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love.

5/ Romans 12:10, Giving preference to one another.

6/ Romans 12:16,  Be of the same mind toward one another.  Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble.  Do not be wise in your own opinion.

7/ Romans 13:8, Owe no one anything except to love one another for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

8/ Romans 14:13,  Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother's way.

9/ Romans 15:7, Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.

10/ Romans 15:14, Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.

11/ Romans 16:16, Greet one another with a holy kiss.

12/ I Corinthians 1:10  ... agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.

13/  I Corinthians 10:24,  Let no one seek his own, but each one the other's well being.

14/  I Corinthians 11:33, Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.

15/ I Corinthians 12:25- 27, That there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.  Now you are the body of Christ and members individually.

16/ Galatians 5:13- 15, For you,  brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another.

17/ Galatians 5:26, Let us not become conceited, provoking one another envying one another.

18/  Galatians 6:2, Bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.

19/ Ephesians 4:2,  With all lowliness and gentleness, with long suffering, bearing with one another in love.

20/ Ephesians 4:32, Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

21/ Ephesians 5:19,  Speaking to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs,  singing and making  melody in your heart to the Lord.

22/  Ephesians 5:21, Submitting to one another in the fear of God.

23/ Philippians 2:3, Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests but also for the interests of others.

24/  Colossians 3:9- 10, Do not lie to one another since you have put off the old man with his deeds and have put on the new man who is renewed in the knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.

25/  Colossians 3:13, Bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if any one has a complaint against another, even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

26/  Colossians 3:16,  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another...

27/  I Thessalonians 4:18, Therefore comfort one another with these words.

28/ I Thessalonians 5:11,  Therefor comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

29/  Hebrews 3:13, But exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today”, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

30/ Hebrews 10:24- 25  And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

31/ James 4:11, Do not speak evil of one another brethren.  He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law.

32/ James 5:9,  Do not grumble against one another brethren, lest you be condemned.  Behold the judge is standing at the door.

33/  James 5:16, Confess your trespasses to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed.  The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

34/  I Peter 1:22, Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently from a pure heart.

35/ I Peter 3:8, Finally, all of you be on one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;

36/ I Peter 4:8- 9, And above all things have fervent for one another, for  “love will cover  a multitude of sins”.  Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.

37/ I Peter 4:10,  As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

38/ I Peter 5:5,   Yes, all of you be submissive to one another and be clothed with humility for “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

39/ I John 1:7,  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

40/ I John 3:11, This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.

41/ I John 3:23,  And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another as He gave us commandment.

Steve and Marilyn Hill.

Steve and Marilyn are the founders and directors of Harvest Now- a ministry committed to making disciples, and multiplying simple communities of disciples with a large focus in Central Asia.

Editors Note:
This is an excerpt from the Luke 10 Manual. You can find this book here on our site at this link in the resource section:


The Luke 10 Manual is an inspiring and practical training manual that looks closely at the mission given to us by Jesus.

Using Luke 10 as the background scripture passage, the book answers very practical questions about finding a man of peace, making disciples, and planting churches. The book will challenge your heart as well as give you practical tools for reaching your family, friends, and neighbors.



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