Encounter One Another

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Expectations: Be Like Christ

Encounter One Another

“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” (Gal. 2:20 NLT)
 
[This continuing series of Marriages that Minister is currently exploring expectations within marriage.]

 

Throughout Scripture we find directions as to how Spirit-led followers should interact with one another. The multiplicity of “one another” passages teaches us how to live as Christ lived. This continuing series elaborates on a wide range of One Anothers to guide conduct within marriage.

 

Comfort One Another

Encountering intimacy within marriage deepens the unity through understanding. The stressors of life are shared when we comfort one another. Side by side one lifts up the other through life and death situations with the enabling power of Christ.

 

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thess. 4:16–18 NKJV)

 

Have the Same Care One for Another

We are to have the same care one for another. While seeking the best interest of all, we are to be involved without prejudice or partiality. Unfortunately there are times we offer so much care for those outside of our family that our beloved suffers neglect. The tenuous balance requires connection and direction from God’s Holy Spirit.

 

But 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 ESV)

 

Forgive One Another

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. (Eph. 4:32 NKJV)

 

In all encounters where expectations are violated, forgiveness is essential. Removing ourselves from seeking satisfaction and allowing Christ to be responsible to collect all debts due frees us to live in deeper intimacy with Christ and one another. (A complete discussion of forgiveness may be found in chapter 9 of Desperate Dependency).

 

Insight Journal

❏   How are you doing with each of these expectations?
Comfort one another 
Meets expectationsExceeds expectationsImprovement needed
 
Have the same care one for another
Meets expectationsExceeds expectationsImprovement needed
 
Forgive one another
Meets expectationsExceeds expectationsImprovement needed

 

 

Other posts in the One Another series:
Exposure to One Anothers
Enlighten One Another
Enrich One Another
Encourage One Another

 

(excerpts from Marriages that Minister by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)
 
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