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Enrich One Another

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Expectations: Be Like Christ

Enrich 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.

 

Forbear with One Another

Enriched by the abundant blessings of Christ, we are empowered to encounter one another with less of our sinful selves and more Christlikeness. Challenged by immaturity we forbear with one another when taxed.

 

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

 

We are not to tolerate sinfulness, but to be patient with others who are seeking faithful adherence to accomplishing the good pleasure of Christ.

 

Provoke One Another

Continuously we are to provoke one another to follow God’s direction. An ever deepening sense of our identity stirs us up to live victoriously. While little boys may want to provoke little girls to aggravation, we are instead to stimulate each other to Christlikeness.

 

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works. (Heb. 10:24 KJV)

 

Intentionally getting into one another’s spiritual business must exhibit merciful intensity.

 

Edify One Another

The spiritual excavation of provoking one another forms the foundation for edification. The nature of this building up is constructive, restorative, and protective.

 

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. (Eph. 4:29 NASB)

 

When we are dead to self but alive through Christ, our established identity dictates our interactions with one another. Exposure to Christ’s truth enlightens us to our sinfulness thereby enriching us so that we are not simply better versions of what we were; we are now something altogether different because the Holy Spirit’s work that moves us to Christlikeness. The truest picture of godly expectations that is rooted in an established identity may shine forth as a married couple love, teach, greet, admonish, exhort, are of same mind as, forbear with, provoke, and edify one another.

 

All Christians are to live out the One Anothers prescribed in the Bible. Stay tuned for upcoming posts as we continue to make practical application of the One Anothers specifically to marriage.

 

 

Insight Journal

❏   How are you doing with each of these expectations?
Forebear with one another 
Meets expectationsExceeds expectationsImprovement needed
 
Provoke one another
Meets expectationsExceeds expectationsImprovement needed
 
Edify one another
Meets expectationsExceeds expectationsImprovement needed
 
 
 

Other posts in the One Another series:
Exposure to One Anothers
Enlighten One Another
 
(excerpts from Marriages that Minister by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)
 
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