How we get along with “one another” is big in the Bible!! God cares very much about the “one another” part of our lives (not just the vertical aspect of our lives we express in worship). In fact, the Bible teaches, that trouble at the horizontal level has a big impact on the vertical!
Just read a passage this morning that emphasizes a lot of “one another” stuff … (Here’s the inspired list)…
Romans 12:9–21 (NIV)
-Love must be sincere.
-Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
-Be devoted to one another in love.
-Honor one another above yourselves.
-Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
-Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
-Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
-Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
-Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
-Live in harmony with one another.
-Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
-Do not repay anyone evil for evil.
-Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.
-If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
-Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath…
-On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink…
-Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
I’m so grateful that I have a personal relationship with God! But I don’t want to neglect my relationship with others!! Gotta remember God cares about it – He cares about both the vertical and horizontal aspects of my life!!
So here’s what I wrote in the margin of my Bible this morning as a prayer… “Oh Lord, by your Spirit remind me when I am tempted to behave inappropriately to those around me… remind me of my responsibility to these “one another” Scriptures!” Hey, the Holy Spirit makes God’s word PERSONAL!