To say there is much to learn from the Bible is an understatement, right? God’s Word is living and powerful and will accomplish all that God sent it out to do. (See Hebrews 4:12; Isaiah 55:11) So, whether we are starting our journey of faith, or have had years of sacrificial service in faith in the rearview, having an intentional, healthy, and formative relationship with others in the body of Christ by doing the one another’s is essential. Why? Each of these passages is a treasured and clear instruction that helps us continue as loving and personally engaged members of one another as a community of believers. 

We should be looking out for our brothers and sisters in the body of Christ as the family of God by walking with, praying for, and helping each other to grow as Christ’s bride. Paul writes, “For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.” (Romans 12:4–5) We each have a different piece of God’s divine tapestry to play in God’s family! 

What a great reminder that we are not called to live life alone, but in a healthy relational community. The writer of Proverbs admonishes, “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all wise judgment.” (Proverbs 18:1) So as Adam and Eve were created to do life together with God (Genesis 1:27-30), we are also called to experience life’s journey in the context of the one another commands in healthy and relational ways. 

Now the phrase “one another” is derived from the Greek word allēlōn [λλήλων], which means “of one another, to one another, one another; hence, mutually, reciprocally” 1  The Word allēlōn [λλήλων] occurs 100 times in the New Testament, and approximately 59 of these occurrences are specific commands teaching us how, and how not to, relate to one another in God’s kingdom. Consider the idea of “relational reciprocity” – each of these point us to God’s divine design for a loving and loyal relationship with others. 

Our obedience to Jesus’s commands is essential. Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15). Therefore, for us as the present church, these commands are imperative to consider and obey as we seek to love God and one another. These “one another” edicts form the basis for healthy Christian fellowship and community in our context of Gospel Culture. 

1 Henry George Liddell et al., A Greek-English Lexicon (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996), 69.