One Another

Author - Sydney Gunn

Scripture has nearly 59 "one another's" in the Bible, ranging from "honor one another above yourselves" (Romans 12:10) to "exhort one another" (Hebrews 3:13). Throughout our time here at The Fellowship, each of my team members has shown me varieties of these "one another" passages exemplified in scripture. Seeing the Bible lived out in this way has been a joy.

Emma is an example of serving one another. She consistently sees a need and fills it when working as a team. I have seen in her many attributes of hospitality and devotion to others. As a result, I know this is her using her gifts well to serve others while also being led by the Spirit to ensure the right heart and attitude (1 Peter 4:10). It has been a prime example to me to seek others' benefits above our own as she does in her service to others.

Jauhmar has been a leader in exemplifying forgiveness and conflict resolution. He is quick to own his own faults and confesses to one another (James 5:16). This has sharpened me personally by realizing that I, too, have faults against others I need to own up to and ask for forgiveness. Jauhmar has also shown forgiveness towards others as He has grown to trust them. Seeing the Spirit work in His life as he learns the beauty of forgiveness has been encouraging. This has sharpened me as well, as I remember the importance of continual forgiveness and remembering how the blood of Christ covers all sins (Ephesians 4:2).

Keyshawn is a prime example of serving one another (Galatians 5:13). He clothes himself in humility towards others (1 Peter 5:5). His humble spirit is something that I constantly remember to exemplify as it is a reminder of knowing you do not have to have it all together as I often would like to. C.S Lewis once said, "Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less." Keyshawn exemplifies a hunger for Christ and is not too full of himself to humbly submit to what God has. This has been an important lesson for me and reminds me that thinking of yourself less, as Christ did, is the goal.

Cesar is patient in teaching one another, as Colossians 3:16 states. He has patiently taught me many tasks already. Rather than seeking efficiency like I know he would rather do, he has been patient in teaching and helping others in a task rather than being in control. This is something that I realize I can grow in by selflessly teaching others what I may know rather than trying to do it myself. Cesar exemplifies this so well that I didn't even realize he struggled with it until he said so the other day. This was proof to me of him walking by the Spirit with his attitude, and it was an example I know I need to take to heart on many days.

In all, I am learning that my attitude is something that I need to work on. These newfound strangers who are growing into acquaintances and friends are helping me to see where I need to check my heart. Every day, walking by the Spirit to not gratify the desires of the flesh becomes more evident in my life (Galatians 5:16). I am very good at showing how I feel about a situation. My teammates have shown me that I do not have to let my frustrated and hard heart be shown in everything I do. God gets the glory when we are humble and reliant on His Spirit. My attitude shows a LOT about where my heart is at with Christ. The way I choose to lay down my pride for the sake of others is important. And how I daily choose to forgive others is imperative in exemplifying and remembering that Christ died for all sins, no matter how hard they may seem on our hearts.

As a whole, we are "one body" in Christ, meaning we are all connected to each other for the purpose of serving each other for the sake of Christ (Romans 12:5). Each of us plays an important role in our devotion to Christ. Daily, we get the opportunity to lean into the Holy Spirit as He prunes and develops us.

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