In youth group this week, the youth pastor said in his talk there are 59 one another verses. After the talk, the girls and I talked through the verses we could remember. There were a few, but we certainly didn’t come up with 59 verses. So I headed home and googled “One another verses,” and thus was born this one another Bible lesson from the results of my Google search.
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What you need for one another verses lesson
the printable from the subscriber library (join here, I email you once a week)
there are currently two sets, with each set having about 15 verses, once I find the rest of the verses, I’ll be adding in another one another Bible verse set
How I’m going to use the One Another verses
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I’ve printed off three copies of each of the sets and then spent the next 5 minutes cutting up the printable with my paper cutter (at some point I’m going to compose a song with my love for that paper cutter, though that may be a bit ridiculous)
I’m going to give each of them a set so they can read the verses and meditate on them. I find it helpful to tape up verses like this in places I’ll see them because as I pass by I can read the verses and work towards memorizing them.
But then I thought of another way to use the verses
From my teaching days, I remembered word sorts. You would give kids the same sets of words and tell them to organize the words however they want to.
I pulled out one of the one another verse sets and started reading the verses. The first way I thought of organizing them was an encouragement to do something and discouragement from doing something.
I discovered there were significantly more verses encouraging you how to treat one another than verses telling you not to do something.
This can be a great way to learn how someone thinks and look at the world.
It probably says something that I first split this into a to-do list.
I also noticed how often we were encouraged to love one another.
Then I noticed how our behavior towards one another is what makes us more like God.
It amazed me how many times we were told to encourage one another
And how many different ways we could be told to do that.
I suspect God knows full well how often we use our words to hurt one another, instead of building each other up.
I’m curious how many similar phrases there are
The original list I found had a few verses that weren’t one another verses but had similar phrases.
For example 1 Peter 3:8 doesn’t say one another, but it says “all of you” as Peter goes on to tell us to have unity of purpose.
There were also a few that had the individual words “one” and “another” but there was another word between them.
All in all, I’m looking forward to continuing studying just what I can learn from all of these verses and finding the rest of them.