All the “one another” commands in the NT [infographic]

One another commands in the NTI’ve heard a couple people reference the “one another” passages in the Bible. You’ve heard a few of them:

  • Bear one another’s burdens.
  • Encourage one another.
  • Everybody get together; try to love one another right now. (Wait . . . that might be something else.)

But I figured it’d be good for us to have all those “one another” commands in one place, ergo, this infographic!

I have the whole list in text form below, and you can download this for free.

Infographic: all the one another commands in the New Testament

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 Here’s all that info in copy-pastable form:

“One another” is two words in English, but it’s only one word in Greek: ἀλλήλων (ah-LAY-loan). It’s used in 100 times in 94 New Testament verses. 47 of those verses give instructions to the church, and 60% of those instructions come from Paul.

Kissy-kissy? Yes! Four of the “one another” commands are about kissing. But with all due apologies to David Crowder and John Mark McMillan, these kisses are neither “sloppy, wet” nor “unforeseen.”

When you look at these verses, a few more common themes show up.

Unity. One third of the one-another commands deal with the unity of the church.

  1. Be at peace with one another (Mk 9:50)
  2. Don’t grumble among one another (Jn 6:43)
  3. Be of the same mind with one another (Ro 12:16, 15:5)
  4. Accept one another (Ro 15:7)
  5. Wait for one another before beginning the Eucharist (1 Co 11:33)
  6. Don’t bite, devour, and consume one another—seriously, guys, don’t eat each other (Ga 5:15)
  7. Don’t boastfully challenge or envy one another (Ga 5:26).
  8. Gently, patiently tolerate one another (Ep 4:2)
  9. Be kind, tender-hearted, and forgiving to one another (Ep 4:32)
  10. Bear with and forgive one another (Co 3:13)
  11. Seek good for one another, and don’t repay evil for evil (1 Th 5:15)
  12. Don’t complain against one another (Jas 4:11, 5:9)
  13. Confess sins to one another (Jas 5:16)

Love. One third of them instruct Christians to love one another.

  1. Love one another (Jn 13:34, 15:12, 17; Ro 13:8; 1 Th 3:12, 4:9; 1 Pe 1:22; 1 Jn 3:11, 4:7, 11; 2 Jn 5)
  2. Through love, serve one another (Ga 5:13)
  3. Tolerate one another in love (Ep 4:2)
  4. Greet one another with a kiss of love (1 Pe 5:14)
  5. Be devoted to one another in love (Ro 12:10)

Humility. About 15% stress an attitude of humility and deference among believers.

  1. Give preference to one another in honor (Ro 12:10)
  2. Regard one another as more important than yourselves (Php 2:3)
  3. Serve one another (Ga 5:13)
  4. Wash one another’s feet (Jn 13:14)
  5. Don’t be haughty: be of the same mind (Ro 12:16)
  6. Be subject to one another (Ep 5:21)
  7. Clothe yourselves in humility toward one another (1 Pe 5:5)

Here’s the rest:

  1. Do not judge one another, and don’t put a stumbling block in a brother’s way (Ro 14:13)
  2. Greet one another with a kiss (Ro 16:16; 1 Co 16:20; 2 Co 13:12)
  3. Husbands and wives: don’t deprive one another of physical intimacy (1 Co 7:5)
  4. Bear one another’s burdens (Ga 6:2)
  5. Speak truth to one another (Ep 4:25)
  6. Don’t lie to one another (Co 3:9)
  7. Comfort one another concerning the resurrection (1 Th 4:18)
  8. Encourage and build up one another (1 Th 5:11)
  9. Stimulate one another to love and good deeds (He 10:24)
  10. Pray for one another (Jas 5:16)
  11. Be hospitable to one another (1 Pe 4:9)

Of course, Jesus and the apostles give many more instructions to the church; these “one another” passages are a good start, though.

Also: make sure you read these in context! These commands come from Jesus, Peter, John, Paul, and James, and they’re scattered across the New Testament. Don’t just stop at this list: dig into these passages to see what the author was talking about.

One more note on the kissing: check out the cultural settings of these verses before planting one on your pastor’s cheek next weekend.

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  • Brian

    How ironic that “be at peace with one another” comes immediately after a dig at worship leaders for the lyrics of a popular worship song. Sad.

    • Jeffrey Kranz

      No discord intended, Brian. I shoot for playful—not mean.

      Thanks for reading!

  • Fantastic stuff.
    For some reason the embed code didn’t work on this one – shared the Bible one though.

    • Jeffrey Kranz

      Thanks, Cristi!

      The embed code should be ready for action now.

  • Pete

    Great stuff, brother. But, isn’t Colossians 3:16 missing “teaching and admonishing one another”?

    • Jeffrey Kranz

      Good catch, Pete. I let that one slip through the cracks because the underlying Greek word is different. But I think you’re right: I’ve added it to the infographic.

      Thanks for reading. It’s really encouraging to get this kind of feedback!

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  • Pete

    You’re very welcome. I look forward to following your site more closely – now that I know of it.

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  • I really appreciate what you have done to make these passages easily accessible. I was asked last minute to put together a lesson for a Wednesday night Bible Study at church and this info graphic and text form of the “one another” passage list saved me tons of time and gave a great hand out for the class. Thank you for your hard work!

    • Jeffrey Kranz

      No problem, Chris! I’m very glad to help.

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  • Lawrence

    Hi

    I find this info graphic great.

    Would you mind if I do something inspired by this infographic, in french, for our web site?

    I would write that it’s inspired by this web page and even place the link on our page.

    • Jeffrey Kranz

      Go for it, Lawrence—I look forward to seeing it.

  • Will Lee

    Well done, Jeffrey. Thanks for the compilation, and for the lighthearted approach to this as well. I got a good chuckle out of it.

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  • 369Stories

    This is well done. I’m wondering if I could print out copies of the info graphic for anyone at church who would benefit from it. I’m preaching on 1 Peter 4:7-11, and of course one anothering is abundant there.

    • Go right ahead: share away. And thanks for the kind words!

  • tim

    I would love to use this in a powerpoint message. How would I go about getting this in power point form mat or copy it in order to put it on power point?

    • I don’t currently have this in PowerPoint, but that sounds like a good idea.

      I’m in the middle of a move right now, so the soonest I can get around to a project like this will be next month. If you need it sooner, you’re welcome to adapt the content if you’d like! All I ask is that you cite me and OverviewBible.com. =)

      • tim

        Thanks Jeffrey, Please let m know if you get done in powerpoint. I think it could be very useful!

  • Jeff

    Nice graphic Jeffrey. Like Tim, If it is ever put in PowerPoint format I too would like permission to use it.

  • This is a good one. I recently came across another infographic on the same topic @ http://www.challies.com/resources/visual-theology-one-another

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  • Casey

    We are going to be doing a youth retreat on the one another’s in the Bible and this is really great stuff to get us going. I am so thankful for the gifts that God has given to you two and may you continue to use your gifts for His glory!

  • Richie Cronin

    Hi this is a really cool graphic but is there any chance you could make it smaller? Perhaps cut it at the love section and then have the two stips side by side. I only say that because printing it off makes it come out really small even and hard to read.

  • catherinezimmerman47

    Hey ! I appreciate the details . Does someone know if my company could access a blank UK MAT B1 document to type on ?

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