God’s Word has much to say about how Christians should treat one another. It never hurts to be reminded of how we are to treat one another as fellow believers in Jesus Christ. And remember that we, as His followers, are His ambassadors to the world. Do we bring Him glory through our words and actions, or do we dishonor Him in front of an unbelieving world? The words we speak are powerful. So much so that we are commanded to tame our tongue. Jesus said we would be held accountable for every idle word we speak. With this warning in mind, it should give us reason to pause and reflect upon how we interact and speak about our brothers and sisters in the Lord.
And what ever happened to greeting one another with a holy kiss? The New Testament refers to a holy kiss in Romans 16:16, 1 Corinthians 16:20, 2 Corinthians 13:12, and 1 Thessalonians 5:26. Which, by the way, I’m thinking would be a kiss on the cheek. Have you ever noticed that “Hollywood” and some other secular organizations, have, at times, adopted this practice, but the Western “Church” by and large hasn’t. Gotquestions.org has this overview on it. I’ve always been curious why this practise has basically disappeared.
The following Scripture verses are a small selection of what God’s Holy Word says about how we, as Christians, are to treat one another. As I have already stated, it never hurts to remind ourselves of God’s guidance.
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.
Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.
Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send greetings.
1 Corinthians 1:10
I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
1 Corinthians 16:20
All the brothers here send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
2 Corinthians 13:12
Greet one another with a holy kiss.
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature ; rather, serve one another in love.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another; and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.
1 Peter 1:22
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.
1 Peter 3:8
Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.
1 Peter 4:9
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
1 Peter 5:5
Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
1 Peter 5:14
Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.
1 John 3:11
This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
1 John 3:23
And this is His command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as He commanded us.
1 John 4:7
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
1 John 4:11
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
1 John 4:12
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.
2 John 1:5
And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!