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The One Anothers of the New Testament - Part 2


Let's now turn to Paul's letter to the Ephesians for our final commands for this study on how believers are to treat one another.

Ephesians, chapter 4

V. 2 ** Beginning in verse one of this chapter, what is Paul begging us to do?

"...walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called."

** And now, here in verse two, what can we show toward each other that will truly be worthy of our calling?

4) "...forbearance to one another in love"

This word is also of great importance. It is anecho and means to hold up or bear with. It carries the idea of patience or being willing to joyfully suffer for a long time.

V.32 ** Our next command introduces a trilogy of Christ honoring treatment toward one another.

5) "be kind to one another..." Is that a passive, just happens automatically kind of thing? No...it takes planning and self-sacrifice.

** What will naturally flow from our kindness?

Tenderheartedness and Forgiveness

** What pattern are we to follow in the magnitude of our forgiveness.

"just as God in Christ also has forgiven you."

Let's read chapter 5:18-21 for the last two commands for today.

V.19 ** What very base part of life does the Holy Spirit now address in the one another commands?

6) How we speak to one another, the praises of God!

** What kind of attitude do you think is behind this kind of conversation between believers?

Very positive, upbeat and thankful! cf. Philippians 4:8

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