Jesus gathered His disciples together  in a small room for the Passover, but this celebration was not like any they had experienced before.  Jesus removed his clothes, wrapped a towel around his waist and began to wash the feet of each man.

“Do this for one another!” Jesus tells his followers. 

Living for one another is the essence of what it means to be God’s church.  

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. (Rom. 15:7)

Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart (1 Pet 1:22)

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (Col. 3:16)

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Gal. 6:2)

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (Jhn 13:34-45)

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Eph. 4:2)

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to build up one another (Rom. 14:19)

God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. (1 Cor. 12:24-25)

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. (Jhn 15:12-13)

Therefore encourage one other with these words. (1 Thess. 4:18)

Therefore confess your sins to each other Pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. (Rom 12:10)

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thess. 5:11)

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. (1 Jhn 4:7)

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Eph. 4:32)

Greet one another with a holy kiss. (Rom. 16:16)

See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. (1 Thes 5:15)

Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices . . . (Col. 3:9)

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. (1 Pet. 4:9)

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Eph. 4:32)

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another . . . (Rom. 13:8)

But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called today, that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. (Heb 3:13)

So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (Rom. 12:5)

No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.  (1 Jhn 4:12)

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves (original=same mind among each other) as you follow Christ Jesus . . . (Rom. 15:5)

Do not grumble against one another (Jam 5:9a)

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (1 Pet 5:5)

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Eph. 5:21)

You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature ; rather, serve one another in love. (Gal. 5:13)

Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.  (2 Cor 13:11)

Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. (Rom 14:13)

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.(Heb. 10:24-25)

Are you experiencing the power of “church” as a living community?

Are you living for one another?  

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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