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Encourage One Another

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Expectations: Be Like Christ

Encourage 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.


Esteem One Another

Encouragement tenderly administers God’s heart to one another as we maintenance and strengthen our marriage. When we esteem our mate, we see them as particularly important – even more important than one’s self. Living in union with God, we ascribe the value that God ascribes, giving the credit and honor that God affords.


Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (Phil. 2:3 ESV)


Be Kind One to Another

Kindness invests the grace of God into our mate’s life. To be kind to one another evidences our overflowing communion with Christ which graciously furnishes what is needed.


And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. (2 Tim. 2:24 NIV)


Be Tenderhearted and Compassionate One to Another

Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. (1 Pet. 3:8–9 NKJV)


Many mates are surprised at how quickly their spouse softens when they are tenderhearted. The tender heart where mercy resides displays sympathy, while a compassionate heart displays empathy.



Insight Journal

❏   How are you doing with each of these expectations?
Esteem one another 
Meets expectationsExceeds expectationsImprovement needed
Be kind to one another
Meets expectationsExceeds expectationsImprovement needed
Tenderhearted one to another
Meets expectationsExceeds expectationsImprovement needed
Compassionate to one another
Meets expectationsExceeds expectationsImprovement needed


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

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

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