Mutual obligations of believers

29 08 2008

God does not call individuals in isolation from others, but rather, He calls us into a body. We live out our faith, then, in relationship to God and to our fellow believers. Rugged individualism is not a Biblical ideal. What duties do you owe to your brothers and sisters in Christ? Here is what the Bible says about our mutual obligations toward one another. I hope this will challenge and encourage you in your interactions with your fellow believers…

 

 

Twelve Mutual Obligations for Every Christian

 

 1. Mutual love

 

Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

 

1Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that ye] love one another with a pure heart fervently:

 

1 John 3:11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

 

1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

  

1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

  

1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

  

1 John 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

  

2 John 1:5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.

  

2. Mutual edification

  

Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

  

3. Mutual admonition

  

Romans 15:14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.

  

Colossian 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

  

Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

  

Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

  

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

  

4. Mutual care

  

1 Corinthians 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but [that] the members should have the same care one for another.

  

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, [be ye] all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, [be] pitiful, [be] courteous:

 5. Mutual service

 Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

  

1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, [even so] minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

  

6. Mutual forbearance

  

Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

  

Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye.

  

James 4:11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of [his] brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.

  

7. Mutual forgiveness

  

Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

  

8. Mutual honesty

  

Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

  

9. Mutual comfort

  

1 Thessalonians 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

  

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

  

10. Mutual confession

  

James 5:16 Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

  

11. Mutual hospitality

  

1 Peter 4:9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

  

12. Mutual submission

  

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

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29 08 2008
Ascottishsamurai

The timing of this is amazing to me…I’ve been learning first hand here at Berea the importance of upholding and supporting one another as a network of believers in Christ, even though some of the finer points of our theological understandings…and I suppose a few major points too, for that matter…differ largely. It is a particularly vital task since there are so few of us. And there are so many ways that that encouragement and support can be shown too, it’s just amazing.

5 09 2008
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