Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace…Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you (Eph 4:1-3, 32).

Any attempt to seek unity and peace in the Body of Christ must first begin with an understanding of the source of divisions. The Bible clearly defines the source: All conflict begins with a desire to please ourselves and not seek after God’s best for us. His best is often caring for others above ourselves (Jas 4:1-4). The proper attitude toward others — that promotes peace and unity — is also clearly defined in scripture through the “One Anothers.” The “One Anothers” are twenty-five commands that tell us how we are to treat one another in the Body of Christ:

  • Contribute to one another’s needs (Rom 12:13);
  • Spur one another on to love and good deeds (Heb 10:24);
  • Love one another (John 13:34-35; Rom 13:8; 1 Pet 1:22; 4:9; 1 John 3:11, 23; 4:7-12; 2 John 1:5);
  • Be devoted to one another in brotherly love (Rom 12:10; 1 Pet 3:8);
  • Give preference to one another in honor (Rom 12:10);
  • Accept one another (Rom 15:17);
  • Admonish one another (Rom 15:14; Col 3:16; 1 Thess 5:14);
  • Be united with one another (Rom 12:16; 1 Cor 1:10; 1 Pet 3:8);
  • Serve one another through love (Gal 5:13; 1 Pet 4:10);
  • Show forbearance to one another in love (Eph 4:2);
  • Be kind to one another (Eph 4:32; 1 Pet 3:8);
  • Be tender-hearted to one another (Eph 4:32);
  • Forgive one another (Eph 4:32; Col 3:13);
  •  Speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Eph 5:19);
  • Teach one another (Col 3:16);
  • Encourage one another (1 Thess 5:11, 14; Heb 3:13; 10:25);
  • Build one another up (1 Thess 5:11);
  • Help one another (1 Thess 5:14);
  • Be patient with one another (1 Thess 5:14);
  • Be hospitable to one another (Rom 12:13; 1 Pet 4:9);
  • Be sympathetic toward one another (Rom 12:15; 1 Pet 3:8);
  • Restore one another (Gal 6:1); bear one another’s burdens (Gal 6:2);
  • Be humble toward one another (Phil 2:3; 1 Pet 3:8; 5:5);
  • Look out for one another’s interests (Phil 2:4).

Provo Bible Church is committed to living these “One Anothers” in every aspect of our lives. Some of these commands are of a comforting nature. Others are of a corrective nature. It will take wisdom and patience in all circumstances to apply these truths at the appropriate time and in an appropriate manner. We believe that, with God’s enabling grace and with humble submission on our part, these “One Anothers” can characterize our lives. This will result in God-centered relationships, and it will promote peace and unity in our church.