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The One Anothers of the New Testament - Part 3

PHILIPPIANS, COLOSSIANS, 1THESSALONIANS            Page 3

V. 4 ** OK, let's say that we agree that we should regard one another as more important than ourself (not that we have to agree by the way; God said it, I believe it, that's good enough for me). But, that is such a lofty position, so spiritual, can't the Bible be more down to earth and give me some practical way of doing that?

Read verse 4 again!

** What action do you see being taken in this verse?

"look out" Paul means to anticipate the interests of others! Is that something on a practical level that we could do everyday which would help us to learn how to regard others as more important than us? Certainly....yes!

While we are still anticipating the needs of others, let's turn to third chapter of Colossians for the next three "One Another" commands.

Colossians, chapter three...

V. 9 ** Is Paul being evasive or beating around the bush as he instructs on this command?

No. He gets straight to the point.

2) Do not lie to one another!

It is an amazing study indeed to learn how many times throughout the Old and New Testaments that Scripture records people lying. Satan lied to Eve, Cain lied to God, Abraham lied, Sarah lied, Isaac lied and Rebecca lied. That list barely gets us half way through the book of Genesis. Our Heavenly Father wants us to avoid this sinful behavior toward one another for a very important reason. cf. John 8:44 - "...[Satan] is a liar, the father of lies"

Titus 1:1-2 - "...in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ago"

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