I haven’t forgotten that I said I would blog the homework of sorts from last week’s lecture on Love One Another at the Centre for Christian Living, up at Moore Theological College. It just took me a while to ‘get it together’ for reasons that might be evident below. So, this is basically a reference post. The lecture started with a look at the classic passage on love in 1 Corinthians 13, which is below. We were then encouraged to go home and look up a list of occurrences of “one another” that occurs in the bible. So, here it is. I’ve taken all these verses from the ESV online, and included the links to make it easy to find the context. That is all.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
allelon = one another (reciprocally, mutually)
Andrew Cameron told us that this word points with intensity to what is going on in our relationships. Here we see the cumulative effect of training our attunement to each other, and the anatomy of love.
His further points in this section, in brief, were that 1) there is no mythical perfection – that is not assumed here and these verses are about relating to flawed, broken people 2) these verses alert us to our reactions 3) they can initially seem contradictory – we need to learn to make a judgment call between bear, forgive, admonish (this is in Colossians 3:16 but is a different Greek word) and 4) we have an external reference point in the way that Christ loved us and forgave us.
John 13:34-35: 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. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John 15:12 This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
John 15:17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
Romans 1:12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.
Romans 12:5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Romans 12:16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.
Romans 13:8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
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.
Romans 14:19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
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,
Romans 15:7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
Romans 15:14 myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.
Romans 16:16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
1 Corinthians 11:33 So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another—
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.
1 Corinthians 16:20 All the brothers send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
2 Corinthians 13:12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.
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.
Galatians 5:15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.
Galatians 5:26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Ephesians 4:2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 5:21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices
Colossians 3:13 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.
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,
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,
1 Thessalonians 4:18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
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.
Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works
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.
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.
James 5:16 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.
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,
1 Peter 4:9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
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.”
1 Peter 5:14 Greet one another with the kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
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.
1 John 3:11 For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
1 John 3:23 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.
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.
1 John 4:11-12 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
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 another.