Recently, I have been spending a lot of time meditating upon the family of God. For example, we can travel far from home and attend a church far away and feel like we’re right at home and surrounded by caring friends. The reality that we are children of God thanks to the salvation we have in Jesus Christ, means that we have millions of brothers and sisters almost every where we go.
Yet, like every family, we can treat one another in ways that do no credit to our heavenly Father, our Savior, or the Holy Spirit who lives within us. We need to treat our family (both or family units and fellow believers) in godliness, righteousness, grace and mercy. We need to remember to treat one another the way God treats us. He lavishes his love upon us and extends grace in vast quantities. Love and grace need to season our relationships with one another.
One way that I remind myself of how to treat my brothers and sisters – the beloved of God – is to read the “one another’s.” These are passages in the Scriptures that tell us (often in great repetition) how to treat each other.
Take time to read and consider God’s Word as he instructs us in how to treat one another.
ESV John 13:14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
ESV John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
ESV Romans 1:12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.
ESV Romans 12:5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.
ESV Romans 13:8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
ESV Romans 14:13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.
19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
ESV Romans 15:5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,
7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
14 I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.
ESV Romans 16:16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
ESV 1 Corinthians 7:5 Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
ESV 1 Corinthians 11:33 So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another–
ESV 1 Corinthians 12:25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.
ESV 1 Corinthians 16:20 All the brothers send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
ESV 2 Corinthians 13:12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.
ESV Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
ESV Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
ESV Ephesians 4:2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
ESV Ephesians 5:21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
ESV Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
ESV Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices
13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
ESV 1 Thessalonians 3:12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you,
ESV 1 Thessalonians 4:9 Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another,
18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
ESV 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
ESV 2 Thessalonians 1:3 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.
ESV Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
ESV James 4:11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.
ESV James 5:9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.
16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
ESV 1 Peter 1:22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,
ESV 1 Peter 4:9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
ESV 1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
14 Greet one another with the kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
ESV 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
ESV 1 John 3:11 For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
23 And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.
ESV 1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
ESV 2 John 1:5 And now I ask you, dear lady–not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning–that we love one
Whenever we are tempted to treat our family poorly, let us remind ourselves that the one who stands before us is one who is so precious in the eyes of God, that Jesus paid for their salvation with his blood. When we treat those who have been redeemed by Christ’s blood poorly, we show disdain for the blood. Let us not stand guilty of such. Let us repent whenever we lack love for the Body of Christ.