Framework for Building Community

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The letters of the New Testament offer many expressions of solidarity, in which the bond with one another is a recurring theme.

  • Outdo one another in showing honor (see Rom 12:10),
     
  • Live in harmony with one another (Rom 12:16),
     
  • Welcome one another (Rom 15:7),
     
  • Wait for one another (1 Cor 11:33),
     
  • Through love be servants of one another (Gal 5:13),
     
  • Bear one another's burdens (Gal 6:2),
     
  • Encourage one another (1 Thess 5:11),
     
  • Be at peace among yourselves (1 Thess 5:13),
     
  • Seek to do good to one another (1 Thess 5:15),
  • Forbear one another in love (Eph 4:2),
     
  • Be kind to one another and tenderhearted (Eph 4:32),
     
  • Be subject to one another (Eph 5:21),
     
  • Forgive each other (Col 3:13),
     
  • Pray for one another (James 5:16),
     
  • Love one another earnestly (1 Pt 1:22),
     
  • Practice hospitality ungrudgingly to one another (1 Pt 4:9),
     
  • Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another (1 Pt 5:5),
     
  • Have fellowship with one another (1 Jn 1:7).

 

Excerpts from Confession: The Sacrament of Mercy. Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelization, Vatican City. Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, 2015, pp. 7778.