As I was scouring through the concordance looking up verses that had today’s word prompt other, I began to notice two words that popped up quite often. Those were each other. There’s a lot we can do for each other and to each other…
Love each other.
My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. (John 15:12&17 NIV)
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (1Peter4:8 NIV)
Do ordinary things with extraordinary love. (Mother Teresa)
Open a door, smile at a worn out Mom, be kind to your waitress, show compassion to someone who’s slow, listen to a friend who is hurting, buy someone’s coffee. It doesn’t take much for people to feel loved.
Hold each other accountable.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. (James 5:16 NIV)
This one is a BOGO for each other to confess to and pray for.
Forgive each other.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32 NIV)
This trifecta of kindness, compassion and forgiveness goes a long way to showing the world Jesus.
Carry each other.
Carry each other’s burdens and in this way your will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2 NIV)
We aren’t meant to do hard things alone.
Encourage each other.
Therefore encourage each other and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1Thessalonians 5:11 NIV)
Bonus time! Not only do we get to encourage each other but we get to cheer each other on and celebrate each other by building each other up!
Unfortunately there were a handful of foul fowls in the flock that squawked some broody business for each other. Check out what else we can do if we aren’t careful:
Bite/devour/destroy each other.
If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. (Galatians 5:15 NIV)
Another trifecta, only it’s a whole lot of ugly in one little verse.
Provoke and envy each other.
Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. (Galatians 5:26 NIV)
Let us not indeed.
The way I see it, we have a choice to make today. We can either rip each other apart or walk with each other in love, holding each other accountable so we can be better people.
We can infuriate each other or initiate understanding by talking to and walking through hard things with each other.
We can be jealous of each other or we can spur one another on by celebrating one another’s gifts, cheering each other’s wins and being the loudest clapper in the group when one of us succeeds.
We can build or we can bully. But we can’t do both.
Which each other group will you choose?
You can check out all the posts on my 31 days of writing prompts by clicking on this: 31 Days of Prompts and Circumstance