Tuesday, June 29, 2010

What you won't find in the Bible

Ray Ortlund's recent post on his blog, "Christ Is Deeper Still," is an interesting take on the "one anothers" of the New Testament. As you may know, there are a lot of "one another" statements in the New Testament that tell believers how they ought to treat one another. Examples are "love one another," "bear one another's burdens," "admonish one another," and so forth.

Ray came up with this list of "one anothers" that are NOT in the Bible, yet unfortunately are often practiced by Christians:

"Humble one another, scrutinize one another, pressure one another, embarrass one another, corner one another, interrupt one another, defeat one another, disapprove of one another, run one another's lives, confess one another's sins, intensify one another's sufferings, point out one another's failings..."

Here are a few more I came up with:

  • Avoid one another
  • Gossip about one another
  • Judge one another
  • Lose patience with one another
  • Feel superior to one another

Each one is a call to repentance.

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