Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The To-Do List

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.” I am most definitely a list person... Pick up groceries, drop off dry cleaning, buy gift for a friend, etc. When things get busy, it helps to have a list I can refer to that reminds me of all I need to get done. All the “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 bottom of my priorities sometimes. 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.


Chris said...

This great, awesome reflection. (sly)

Cindy said...

I have found that when I get my mind off of 'self', I have so much more of God's peace in my life...I love you Carly, you are a blessing!!