When asked which commandment was the greatest, Jesus replied “Love the Lord your God”. He went on to say that loving one’s neighbor as one’s self is the second greatest commandment (Matt 22:37-39). It is interesting that when asked about which was the first, He went on to add the second. From this we gather the importance of the second as well as the first. But loving unspecified others is hard, especially for an introvert like me. What does it even mean, to love others?
Last night while reading John MacArthur’s wonderful book Saved Without a Doubt: Being Sure of Your Salvation, I came upon a list of what he calls the ‘One Anothers’ that outlines the Biblical answer to the question of what God expects when He commands us to love our neighbors.
Here is what we are to do:
- confess our sins to one another (James 5:16),
- forgive one another (Col. 3:13),
- bear one another’s burdens (Gal 6:2),
- rebuke one another (Titus 1:13 NIV),
- comfort one another (1 Thess. 4:18),
- encourage one another to do good (Heb 10:24-25),
- edify one another (Rom 14:19 NIV),
- counsel one another (Rom 15:14),
- submit to one another (Eph 5:21 NIV),
- instruct one another (Col 3:16)
- be hospitable to one another (1 Peter 4:9-10),
- bear with one another (Col 3:12-13),
- pray for one another (James 5:16),
- serve one another (Gal 5:13).
May God Bless your efforts.