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How Jesus’s Body Grows and Matures- The One Anothering Ministry of the Body

I've always wanted to get all of these commands (a couple of them aren't explicity commands) in one place, especially since last Sunday and this coming Sunday I will be discussing these things with our children.

Most of the commands are positive. A handful are negative. Though I haven't counted them, seems by far the emphasis is loving one another - something that we simply cannot do without an ever deepening relationship with our Savior. May the Holy Spirit do that deeper work in each of us in these days.

 Positive Commands:


“…..Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” Mark 9:50


If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet”. John 13:14


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


This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” John 15:12


This I command you, that you love one another.” John 15:17


Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;” Romans 12:10


Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.” Romans 12:16


Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8


So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.” Romans 14:19


Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.” Romans 15:7


“And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another.” Romans 15:14


“Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.”  Romans 16:16


So then, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.” I Corinthians 11:33


so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.”  I Corinthians 12:25


All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.” I Corinthians 16:20


Greet one another with a holy kiss.” II Corinthians 13:12


“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13


Bear one another’s burden and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2


with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2


be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving eac other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32


speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;” Ephesians 5:19


and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.”  Ephesians 5:21


“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;” Philippians 2:3


“bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.” Colossians 3:13


Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16


“and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you;”  I Thessalonians 3:12


Now as to the love off the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;”  I Thessalonians 4:9


Therefore comfort one another with these words.” I Thessalonians 4:18


Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” I Thessalonians 5:11


“… in peace with one another.” I Thessalonians 5:13


But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 3:13


and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24,25


“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” James 5:16


“Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,” I Peter 1:22


“Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” I Peter 4:8


Be hospitable to one another without complaint.” I Peter 4:9


As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10


“….all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.” I Peter 5:5


Greet one another with a kiss of love….” I Peter 5:14


but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” I John 1:7


For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another;” I John 3:11


This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.” I John 3:23


“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” I John 4:7


“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” I John 4:11


No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.” I John 4:12


Now I ask you, lady, not as though I were writing to you  a new commandment, but the one which we have had from the beginning, that we love one another.” II John 5


Negative Commands:

Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather de4termine this – not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.” Romans 14:13


“But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.” Galatians 5:15


“Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:26


Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,” Colossians 3:9


Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brothers, speaks against the law and judges the law…” James 4:11


“Do not complain, brethren, against one another so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.”  James 5:9

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