So far we’ve filled it in with LOVE, ENCOURAGE, FORGIVE, SUBMIT and SERVE. Here’s a greatest hits list drawn from all the other one anothers throughout the New Testament. Meditate on each one and ask the Holy Spirit to help you live ’em out.
Today’s word? SERVE. Here’s our key verse:
Serve one another in love. (Galatians 5:13)
The ancient Bible-y word for “serve” in this verse was douleuo, which actually means “performing the duties of a slave.” In other words, we’re called to put others’ needs way way waaaaaay above our own.
Today’s word? SUBMIT. Here’s what the Bible says:
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:21)
Want a better marriage? Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Want better friendships? Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. It’s that simple.
Today’s word? FORGIVE. Here’s what the Bible says about that:
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:2)
When I have trouble forgiving others, I try to remember two rather humbling stories. We’ve shared ’em before here on GUWG but I just loooooove ’em and think they’re worth repeating.
Yesterday, we started with Jesus’ command to LOVE one another. Today’s blank-filler offers a concrete way to live that out.
Encourage one another and build each other up.
(1 Thessalonians 5:11)
How often should we encourage one another and why should we do it?
Christianity is all about relationships: our relationship with (1) God and (2) others. That’s pretty much it.
So how exactly are we supposed to relate to our fellow earthlings, many of whom are nearly as messed up as we are? We’ll be answering that question all week long, as we look at how the Bible fills in the above blank.