My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. –John 15:12-13
I like to make “to-do lists.” Pick up groceries, drop off dry cleaning, buy gift for Sue, etc. When things get busy, it helps to have a list I can refer to that reminds me all I need to get done. All “to-dos” are compiled on a sticky note or pad of paper so I can (with great satisfaction) check each item off as I complete it.
Throughout the Bible, there are a variety of “to-dos” for Christians concerning how we are called to treat each other. They are referred to as the “one anothers.” Here are a few of them:
Romans 12:16 – Live in harmony with one another.
Romans 15:7 – Accept one another.
1 Corinthians 12:25 – Care for one another.
Galatians 5:13 – Serve one another in love.
Galatians 5:15 – Don’t spitefully hurt one another.
Galatians 5:26 – Don’t provoke or envy one another.
Galatians 6:2 – Carry one another’s burdens.
Ephesians 4:32 – Be kind to one another.
Ephesians 4:32 – Forgive one another.
Colossians 3:9 – Don’t lie to one another.
1 Thessalonians 4:18 – Comfort one another.
Titus 3:3 – Don’t hate one another.
Hebrews 3:13 – Encourage one another.
James 5:9 – Don’t bear grudges against one another.
James 5:16 – Pray for one another.
When the day gets busy and time gets short, I must admit, these things tend to get put on the very bottom of my priorities. I tend to focus on myself and how others should be treating me, not on how I am treating and reaching out to others. However, as Christians, the “one anothers” list is one of the most important “to-do” lists to have on hand. All of these are ways we show each other love and respect. It is how God has called us to treat one another.
Using your own personal “to-do” method, choose a few of the “one anothers” to remind yourself to do and focus upon this week.
Psalm 106:1-3; Luke 6:27-36; Galatians 5:22