Thursday, October 23, 2008

Family Culture, Part 2

A Sister's Contribution to Family Culture

As I have been thinking about family culture, I have been asking the Lord to show me how I as a sister can contribute to the culture in my home. What I have done is looked up what my father calls the “one another” verse and separated them into basic categories. As with all topics I present before you, this is not an all comprehensive study but rather some fundamentals to help you in your personal study. You will notice as you look up the following references that some are in the context of the church. The reason I believe they are still applicable in the family, or at least the believing family, is this: the church is the body of Christ, or Christians, therefore a believing family is part of the church and under the same obligations. Profound, isn’t it? :)

Mark 9:50, “Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.”
Romans 14:19, “Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.”
John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 15:12 & 17, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.”
Romans 13:8, “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.”

1John 4:7, 11, 12, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.”
1 John 3:11, 23, “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.”
Prefer one another:
Romans 12:10, “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;
Ephesians 5:21, “submitting to one another in the fear of God”

Colossians 3:13, “forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”

1 Peter 5:5, “likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject to one another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud and giveth race to the humble.”

Same Mind, Unity:
Romans 12:16, “Be of the same mind toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend* to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.”

Romans 15:5, “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like minded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Corinthians 12:25, “That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.”

1 Peter 3:8, “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.”


Romans 15:1-2, “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification.”

Romans 14:19, “Let us therefore follow after the things which make of peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”

Romans 15:14, “And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.”

Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly with all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

Hebrews 3:13, “But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”

Hebrews 10:24, “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:”

#In the above verses, the emphasis is mine#

*i.e. humble yourself.

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