From the beginning of Creation, to this very day, it is evident that we humans need each other. We need relationships. We need community. In the Garden of Eden this truth was made evident when the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man (Adam) should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” (Gen. 2:18). Adam had the animals, which he named and enjoyed, surrounding him. He also had the LORD God with whom to fellowship, yet something was missing. Adam needed someone with skin on, someone like himself, someone with whom he could have a relationship. God filled that need when He created Eve. “And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam… and he took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man” (Gen. 2:22). Perhaps Adam, when he saw Eve, said, “Wow, just what I need! Thank You, LORD God.” This was the beginning of human relationships. The LORD God knows exactly what we need.
Relationship, what does that mean? Webster’s dictionary defines it as a connection between persons by blood or marriage; kinship; friendship; a natural association. In order to grow and flourish, we rely on one another. We need relationships. “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up” (Eccl. 4:9,10). In our churches, in our families, on the job, in our community, in our friendships, and other associations, a right relationship will be evident and profitable for all involved. (Read Col. 3:12-15.)
As Christians, what should our relationships with one another look like? The Bible describes it:
1. Love One Another – “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34). “For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another” (1 John 3:11).
2. Accept One Another – “Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God” (Rom.15:7). Accept people no matter their race, handicap, education, personality or looks. Some Christians shun or ignore people. This is not right. All Christians are in the same family with God. We need to learn to accept other people.
3. Consider One Another – “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works” (Heb.10:24). Christians should be thoughtful of one another. Treat others as you want them to treat you.
4. Counsel One Another – “But exhort (correct or counsel) one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” (Heb.3:13). Exhorting means to counsel and advise others to do right. Do not become a judge, but counsel in love.
5. Be Kind One to Another – “And be ye kind one to another...” (Eph. 4:32). It is never right to be rude to other people, never. Have you ever been hurt with an unkind action or word? The word “kind” means to be good and gentle to others. Christians are to be kind to one another.
6. Be Patient With One Another – “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering (patience), forbearing one another in love” (Eph. 4:2). No matter what happens, be patient with other Christians.
7. Forgive One Another – “And be ye …forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Eph. 4:32). Christians should learn to quickly forgive and stay friends. Do not stay angry. Quickly forgive. Learn to say, “I am sorry, forgive me.”
8. Be Friendly to One Another – “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love…” (Rom. 12:10). The word “affection” means to be friendly and to like one another. It is important to love one another.
9. Honor One Another – “Be kind; in honour preferring one another” (Rom. 12:10). Be happy for others when they are blessed of God. Rejoice with them that rejoice. Do not envy others (I Thess. 5:13).
10. Serve One Another – “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another” (Gal. 5:13). Christians are to serve one another with love.
We need one another. The key to fulfillment is right relationships. How are your relationships? Do they need development? Do they need some repairs? Now is the time to make changes. Don’t wait too late.
2 Corinthians 3:2-4 Love and Comfort One Another May we never leave someone to suffer alone.– Ted Camp
This is written because I care…Carlene