Thursday, May 17, 2012

What the Bible Says About Interactions with One Another

I am sometimes not a social individual and I got to wondering how I am supposed to interact with fellow believers. I definitely like to know exactly what is expected of me in situations. These verses do not make a list of rules to check off in order to get into heaven, but rather, they are meant to shape my behavior. These are the ideals I should be striving towards. These are the Lord’s commands regarding social interactions with “One Another.” As John, 1 John, and 2 John point out, if I love God, I obey His commands. (John 14:15 & 21 and 1 John 5:2-4  and 2 John 1:6)

So what does the Bible say about this topic?
 
We are to love one another.
We are to encourage one another.
We are to avoid lying to, gossiping about, judging, and grumbling about one another.
We are to give other a "holy kiss." I wonder if this kiss is similar to the Uruguayan custom of kissing people's cheek in greeting and goodbying?
We are to fellowship with one another.
We are to praise God together.
We are to discuss scripture and holy things together.
We are to be unified with one another.
We are to serve one another.
We are to submit to one another.
We are to be like Christ in our interactions with one another.

1.     Theme 1 Love
     a. John 13:34-35
     b. Romans 12:10
     c.  Romans 13:8
     d. Ephesians 4:2
     e. 1 Thessalonians 4:9
     f.  2 Thessalonians 1:3
     g. Hebrews 13:1
     h. 1 Peter 1:22
     i.  1 Peter 3:8
     j. 1 John 3:11
     k. 1 John 3:23
     l. 1 John 4:7
     m. 1 John 4:11-12
     n.  2 John 1:5

2.      Theme 2 Encourage
     a. (oddball verse) Zechariah 7:9
     b. 2 Corinthians 13:11
     c. 1 Thessalonians 4:18
     d. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
     e.  Hebrews 3:13

3.      Theme 3 Negatives
     a.  Leviticus 19:11
      b.  Romans 14:13
      c.  James 4:11
     d. James 5:9

4.     Theme 4 The holy kiss
     a. Romans 16:16
     b. 1 Corinthians 16:20
     c.  2 Corinthians 13:12
     d. 1 Peter 5:14

5.      Theme 5 Fellowship
     a. Hebrews 10:24-25
     b. 1 John 1:7

6.     Theme 6 Praise God together
     a. Isaiah 6:3
     b. Ephesians 5:18-20
     c.  Colossians 3:16

7.      Theme 7 Discuss scripture and holy things together
     a.  Mark 8:16
     b.  Romans 15:14

8.      Theme 8 Unified
     a. Romans 12:16
     b. 1 Corinthians 1:10

9.      Theme 9 Service
     a. John 13:14
     b. Galatians 5:13
     c.  1 Peter 4:9

10.  Theme 10 Submission
     a. Ephesians 5:21
     b. 1 Peter 5:5

11.  Theme 11 Like Christ
     a.  Romans 15:7
      b. Ephesians 4:32
     c. Philippians 2:5-8
     d. Colossians 3:13 

In what ways are believers doing well in our interactions with one another? What areas do we need to improve? How do we improve these areas?

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