The To-Do List - HomeWord - May 3, 2016

The To-Do List
This devotional was written by Kelly McFadden

My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. —John 15:12-13

I like to make “to-do lists.” Pick up groceries, drop off dry cleaning, buy gift for Sue, etc. When things get busy, it helps to have a list I can refer to that reminds me all I need to get done. All “to-dos” are compiled on a sticky note or pad of paper so I can (with great satisfaction) check each item off as I complete it.

Throughout the Bible, there are a variety of “to-dos” for Christians concerning how we are called to treat each other.  They are referred to as the “one anothers.”  Here are a few of them:

Romans 12:16 - Live in harmony with one another.

Romans 15:7 - Accept one another.

1 Corinthians 12:25 - Care for one another.

Galatians 5:13 - Serve one another in love.

Galatians 5:15 - Don’t spitefully hurt one another.

Galatians 5:26 - Don’t provoke or envy one another.

Galatians 6:2 - Carry one another’s burdens.

Ephesians 4:32 - Be kind to one another.

Ephesians 4:32 - Forgive one another.

Colossians 3:9 - Don’t lie to one another.

1 Thessalonians 4:18 - Comfort one another.

Titus 3:3 - Don’t hate one another.

Hebrews 3:13 - Encourage one another.

James 5:9 - Don’t bear grudges against one another.

James 5:16 - Pray for one another.

When the day gets busy and time gets short, I must admit, these things tend to get put on the very bottom of my priorities. I tend to focus on myself and how others should be treating me, not on how I am treating and reaching out to others. However, as Christians, the “one anothers” list is one of the most important “to-do” lists to have on hand. All of these are ways we show each other love and respect. It is how God has called us to treat one another.

GOING DEEPER:

Using your own personal “to-do” method, choose a few of the “one anothers” to remind yourself to do and focus upon this week.

FURTHER READING:

Psalm 106:1-3; Luke 6:27-36; Galatians 5:22

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