The “one another” verses of the New Testament

Greg Boyd in this Sunday’s sermon (for Meeting House regional sites; last week’s in Oakville) referred in passing to “all the one anothers of the New Testament.”  I thought I would post this list that I copied a number of years ago (the book I got it from shows at the end, complete with ISBN which I guess I thought was important at the time):

“59 ‘one another’ commands of the New Testament … clustered in alphabetical order…


Accept one another … as Christ accepted you (Rom 15.7)

Admonish one another (Col 3.16)

Bear with one another (Col 3.13)

Be at peace with one another (Mk 9.50)

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love (Rom 12.10)

Be kind and compassionate to one another (Eph 4.32)

Be patient, bearing with one another in love (Eph 4.2)

Build each other up (1 Th 5.11)

Carry each other’s burdens (Gal 6.2)

Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another (1 Pet 5.5)

Confess your sins to one another (James 5.16)

Consider others better than yourself (Phil 2.3)

Do not grumble against each other (James 5.9)

Do not lie to each other (Col 3.9)

Do not slander one another (James 4.11)

Encourage each other (1 Th 4.18; 5.11; Heb 3.13; 10.25)

Forgive each other (Eph 4.32; Col 3.13)

Greet one another with a holy kiss (Rom 16.16; 1 Cor 16.20; 2 Cor 13.12; 1 Pet 5.14)

Have equal concern for each other (1 Cor 12.25)

Honour one another above yourselves (Rom 12.10)

Instruct one another (Rom 15.14)

Live in harmony with one another (Rom 12.16; 1 Pet 3.8)

Love one another        (Jn 13.34, 34 [sic], 35; 15.12, 17; Rom 13.8; 1 Th 4.9; 1 Pet 1.22; 4.8; 1 Jn 3.11, 23; 4.7, 11, 12; 2 Jn 5)

Make your love increase and overflow for each other (1 Th 3.12)

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling (1 Pet 4.9)

Pray for each other (James 5.16)

Serve one another in love (Gal 5.13)

Spur one another on toward love and good deeds (Heb 10.24)

Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Eph 5.21)

[Stop] biting and devouring one another (Gal 5.15)

Stop passing judgment on one another (Rom 14.13)

[Stop] provoking and envying each other (Gal 5.26)

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ (Eph 5.21)

Teach [one another] (Col 3.16)

Use whatever gift [you have] received to serve others (1 Pet 4.10)

Wash one another’s feet (Jn 13.14)

Wait for each other … when you come together to eat (1 Cor 11.33)”


–Carl F. George, Nine Keys to Effective Small Group Leadership, ISBN 1-883906-13-X,  pp. 105-7 [bold as in original]

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