There are 94 different Bible versions that use the term “one another” over 100 times in the New Testament. Whichever version we might use, God speaks to us through His Word. One of the most important messages He tells us is that we must be in community with one another. Also, when we are in community, He wants us to get along with each other.
God is trying to tell us something by saying “one another” so many times. Because of our sin nature, we tend to gravitate towards isolation. We are generally very selfish and, at times, want nothing to do with others. There is great peril in isolation. Alone, we tend to be very unhealthy and dysfunctional. A sound mind is brought about through spending time with others who are healthy and seeking Christ.
One-third of the “one another’s” in the New Testament are about getting along with each other. God knows we have difficulties getting along with each other. For some of us, being offensive seems to come naturally. For others, being offended seems to be our natural state. God is calling each of us, to not only be in community but, to also be unified with each other. People are difficult to love at times. Christ calls us to love one another as we are trying to get along with each other. Another 33 percent of the “one another’s” in the New Testament is about love. If we spend time learning how to be in community, how to get along with each other, and how to love one another, we will probably not have time to spend thinking about ourselves. God is the Master of all our ways.
Written by Jackell.