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Radical Togetherness

As Christians, we are summoned and authorized to move outside ourselves and into the shared reality of Christian community. The community of faith to which the New Testament bears witness is characterized by the practice of a radical togetherness.

Last Sunday, I preached about the importance of the 'one another' passages in the New Testament. Here is the list I shared (and it is far from exhaustive):

  • “live in harmony with one another” (Rom.12:16)
  • “welcome one another” (Rom. 15:7)
  • “are servants of one another” (Gal.5:13)
  • “comfort one another” (I Thess. 5:11)
  • “bear with one another lovingly (I Thess.5:11)
  • “do good to one another” (I Thess. 5:15)
  • “are subject to one another” (Eph.5:21)
  • “confess our sins to one another” (James 5:16)
  • “forgive one another” (Cor.2:13)
  • “love one another from the heart” (I Pet.1:22)
  • “meet one another with humility” (I Pet.5:5)
  • “pray for one another” (James 5:16)
  • “have fellowship with one another” (I John 1:7)

In this list Paul, Peter, James, and John gives us practical examples of living out Jesus' command in John 13, "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."

This week has been a rough week. Many of our families are dealing with deep grief from the loss of loved ones. In these moments, we need more than ever to love one another. Take a moment, send a note and tell someone you love them.

May we pray for one another.
May we love one another from the heart.
May we comfort one another.

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