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Enrich One Another with God’s Truth

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Enrich One Another with God’s Truth

We may enrich one another, that is, to make someone richer with God’s truth. I share more of Christ’s likeness and less of myself when I forbear with you. I may also provoke you to love and good works. And how great would it be if we all edified one another with God’s truth? Take a few minutes to consider how you might enrich one another.

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.

Galatians 2:20 NLT

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. 

Ephesians 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.

Hebrews 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.

Ephesians 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, enriching us so that we are not simply better versions of what we were; we are now something altogether different because of the Holy Spirit’s work that moves us to Christlikeness. The truest picture of godly expectations is rooted in an established identity that 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. God’s Word tells us how we may enrich one another with His truth. As we each live by God’s design, we help to usher in His kingdom!

Insight Journal

How are you doing with each of these expectations?

  • Forbear with one another
    • Meets expectations
    • Exceeds expectations
    • Improvement needed

  • Provoke one another
    • Meets expectations
    • Exceeds expectations
    • Improvement needed

  • Edify one another
    • Meets expectations
    • Exceeds expectations
    • Improvement needed

Other posts in the One Another series:

Marriages that Minister by J. Kirk and Melanie D. Lewis

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