One Anothers

Devotional messages on the practice of membership in the local church

Do Not Judge One Another


We are children of grace. The charter of the gospel we hold so dear is grace. Grace is our song, our hope, our strength, and the birthright of our second birth. Grace—undeserved kindness from God come to us in the contours of love—regenerates, enlivens, empowers, emboldens, strengthens, and humbles us to know and love God and one another. Grace has answered justice on our behalf so that praise and love may abound in this world for Christ's sake. Grace, not justice, should be the first impulse and dominant beat of our hearts when offended by others. Any hypocrite can demand justice, and any fool can condone sin, but grace in love through the gospel alone makes much of Christ.

Wait for One Another


Another express demonstration of practical love for one another is illustrated in waiting for one another. This responsibility addresses another social discrimination that runs completely contrary to the hallmark of Christ's church. It confronts self-centeredness and calls for Christ-centeredness at the most practical level. This lesson teaches us some very practical principles of love from the context of the "love meal"--the Lord's Supper. We are to learn principles of daily communion, both with Christ and one another, from the Lord's Supper. Extraordinary moments that are set apart unto the Lord for particular devotion should serve to inform and influence our ordinary moments. In the ordinances, we participate in symbolic expression. But in a very real sense, in all of our ordinary relations to one another, we conduct ourselves symbolically. Waiting for one another is a principle that symbolically expresses patient love that values spiritual unity for Christ's sake and the joy of His people.

Show Hospitality to One Another


A sure sign of love to one another is an open sharing of one's possessions from a kind and generous heart. The ancient world was especially inhospitable. Christians are urged to seek to show hospitality to one another, and thereby contributed to the needs of the one anothers (Romans 12:13). God-centered hospitality set Christians apart from the world, with an aim to make much of Christ and minister love to people. It will be costly, burdensome, and at times irritating, which is why Peter exhorts us to "Show hospitality to one another without grumbling" (1 Peter 4:9, emphasis added). In the end, we are mere stewards of all that we have, and we are called to make certain that we openly share and use whatever means we have to minister to everyone in God's family.

Accept One Another


Woven into the very fabric of the creaturely constitution of the human being is the social and emotional craving for acceptance. We were made for relationships and therefore, in a very real sense, the power to complete or to crush the human spirit rests in the dynamics of acceptance. Our design finds ultimate fulfillment in the full realization of acceptance.

Do Good to One Another


The gospel should characterize all our thoughts, feelings, attitudes, words, and actions towards one another. We are a family of grace not justice. We exist to make much of Christ, and one important way that we do that is by always seeking to do good—being gracious, kind, and beneficial—to one another. It is not enough not to do evil; we must seek good and pursue it for the sake of Christ and the benefit of others.

Serve One Another


The one anothers deal a death blow to self-orientation. Leave a man to himself and he will concentrate on himself. We are all naturally bent to self-interest, prioritizing and focusing on our rights, our needs, and our desires. Not only is self-orientation our natural inclination, without question it is assumed to be every man's right. But here, we are confronted with a gospel paradox. Love looks away from self with interest in the truest wellbeing and good of others.

Admonish One Another


Richard Baxter has well said that "All is not done when men have begun a religious life. All trees that blossom prove not fruitful; and all fruit comes not to perfection. Many fall off, who seemed to have good beginnings: and many dishonour the name of Christ, by their scandals and infirmities. Many do grieve their teachers' hearts, and lamentably disturb the church of Christ, by their ignorance, errors, self-conceitedness, unruliness, headiness, contentiousness, sidings and divisions." Christ has ordained that His church be admonished from His Word and admonish one another in that Word, with the utmost care to be loving, humble, sober, gentle, and prayerful in their every effort.

Pray for One Another


There is much to benefit our everlasting souls in the God-given means of grace offered here. There is no command given without context, and here we find a rich deposit of truths that transform. It has well been said that distress drives men to God. So James begins addressing man in his afflictions by calling him to pray. As is typical with James, his exhortation is plain and practical.

Bear One Another's Burdens


In the church, the Lord has designed and sets before the world the most perfect pattern of human life, humility, and love. The one anothers pour the highest form of love into its most practical expressions. In a very significant way, each of the one anothers is an express service of Christ-centered love.

Encourage One Another


To encourage is to induce so as to impart courage in the heart of another. It is to inspire or animate courage in another. It is to embolden and thereby strengthen another. This principle touches the mind and thoughts, one's energy and ambition, intentions and purposes, desires and inclinations come into view. Liveliness, spiritedness, vigor, and vitality toward an object portrays this responsibility. To be Christlike to one another is to be enthused—manifestly walking in the Spirit—encouraging one another toward Christ.

Put on Love


This is a review and application of an exposition on Colossians 3:12-15.