One Another / Each Other
Our Pastor’s message this morning was about living together in community to strengthen one another in the faith. Several times he emphasized the phrase “one another”, so I decided to dig a little deeper. The phrase “one another” appears 86 times in the NIV, 65 of those in the New Testament. The similar phrase “each other” appears an additional 106 times in the NIV, 41 times in the New Testament. However, in spite of the positive verses we usually remember, not all of these references could be considered positive or encouraging or uplifting. The following lists some of the ways these phrases are used in The Bible.
Some of these statements are admonishments about things we should avoid or things we should not do:
Leviticus 19:11 Do not deceive one another.
Matthew 24:10 many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,
Romans 14:13 let us stop passing judgment on one another.
Galatians 5:15 If you bite and devour each other … you will be destroyed by each other.
Galatians 5:26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other
James 4:11 do not slander one another.
James 5:9 Don’t grumble against one another,
Some are about service:
John 13:14 Now you also should wash one another’s feet.
1 Corinthians 12:25 its parts should have equal concern for each other.
Galatians 5:13 serve one another humbly in love.
Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens
1 Thessalonians 5:15 do what is good for each other
1 Peter 4:9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
Some are about encouragement:
Judges 20:22 But the Israelites encouraged one another
Romans 1:12 be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.
2 Corinthians 13:11 encourage one another,
1 Thessalonians 4:18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up
Hebrews 3:13 But encourage one another daily
Hebrews 10:24 spur one another on toward love and good deeds,
Hebrews 10:25 encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Some are about love or mercy or compassion:
Zechariah 7:9 Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.
John 13:34 As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
John 15:12 Love each other as I have loved you.
John 15:17 This is my command: Love each other.
Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Ephesians 4:2 bearing with one another in love.
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another,
Hebrews 13:1 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.
1 Thessalonians 3:12 make your love increase and overflow for each other
1 Thessalonians 4:9 you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.
1 Peter 1:22 love one another deeply, from the heart.
1 Peter 3:8 love one another, be compassionate and humble.
1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply
1 John 3:11 We should love one another.
1 John 3:23 love one another as he commanded us.
1 John 4:7 let us love one another, for love comes from God.
1 John 4:11 we also ought to love one another.
1 John 4:12 if we love one another, God lives in us
2 John 1:5 I ask that we love one another.
Some are about peace:
Mark 9:50 be at peace with each other.
Romans 12:16 Live in harmony with one another.
Romans 15:7 Accept one another
Romans 16:16 Greet one another with a holy kiss.
Ephesians 5:21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:13 Live in peace with each other.
1 Peter 5:5 clothe yourselves with humility toward one another
Some are about forgiveness:
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other
Colossians 3:13 forgive one another … Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Some are about discipline or correction:
Colossians 3:16 teach and admonish one another with all wisdom
James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other