Author: Ron Graham


The One-Another Ministry
—How Christians help each other

The term one another crops up a lot in the New Testament. The faith that you have placed in Jesus Christ is not an entirely personal matter between you and God.

The popular idea of a "personal faith" is not what Christianity is about at all. Certainly, you are individually and personally accountable to God. However, when it comes to thinking about being "one in Christ" you shouldn't be thinking of the "one" as you, but as "one body" of which you are a member in particular (1Corinthians 12:27). That's where the emphasis lies —not on one person, but on one body.

After all the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit think of themselves in that way. As a reflection of their relationship to each other, we make ourselves "members of one another" (Romans 12:5, Ephesians 4:25).

1 Don't Do This to One Another

Before we look at what our obligations to one another are, let's get a few negatives out of the way —things we should not do to one another.

2 Love One Another

Now turning to the positive side, the most obvious one another in the scripture is "love one another". Jesus said this was the second greatest commandment (Matthew 22:35-40).

The opposite of this characterises non-Christians generally. "For we also were once...spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Saviour and his love for mankind appeared, he saved us..." (Titus 3:3-4).

While love is in the heart, there should be an outward show of affection too. The Bible tells us to "Greet one another with a holy kiss of love" (Romans 16:15, 1Corinthians 16:20, 1Peter 5:14).

3 Edify One Another

"So then let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which we may edify one another" (Romans 14:19). There are many ways we can edify (build each other up):