The Believers Responsibility

A Hard talk about the believers responsibility to care for one another.

  1. As believers we are commanded to serve one another.
  2. Believers neglect it as a priority:
  3. Believers dismiss it as our responsibility:
  4. Believers fail to see the value in it.
  5. Believers forget it is biblically commanded.
  6. Believers avoid it because of fear.

Scripture is full of specific instruction on how we should treat each other.

If we're serious about following Christ, we will heed his admonition that "whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me" (Matthew 25:40).

Paul developed the command a little further: “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10). “Serve one another in love” (Galatians 5:13).

In Christ, we belong to each other and form one body (Romans 12:5).

We are members of one another (Ephesians 4:25). “We have fellowship with one another” (1 John 1:7).

2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 (MSG)

6-9 Our orders—backed up by the Master, Jesus—are to refuse to have anything to do with those among you who are lazy and refuse to work the way we taught you. Don’t permit them to freeload on the rest. We showed you how to pull your weight when we were with you, so get on with it. We didn’t sit around on our hands expecting others to take care of us. In fact, we worked our fingers to the bone, up half the night moonlighting so you wouldn’t be burdened with taking care of us. And it wasn’t because we didn’t have a right to your support; we did. We simply wanted to provide an example of diligence, hoping it would prove contagious.

10-13 Don’t you remember the rule we had when we lived with you? “If you don’t work, you don’t eat.” And now we’re getting reports that a bunch of lazy good-for-nothings are taking advantage of you. This must not be tolerated. We command them to get to work immediately—no excuses, no arguments—and earn their own keep. Friends, don’t slack off in doing your duty.

Galatians 6:5-15 MSG

5 Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. 6 Be very sure now, you who have been trained to a self-sufficient maturity, that you enter into a generous common life with those who have trained you, sharing all the good things that you have and experience. 7 Don't be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others - ignoring God! - 8 harvests a crop of weeds. All he'll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God's Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life. 9 So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit. 10 Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith. 11 Now, in these last sentences, I want to emphasize in the bold scrawls of my personal handwriting the immense importance of what I have written to you. 12 These people who are attempting to force the ways of circumcision on you have only one motive: They want an easy way to look good before others, lacking the courage to live by a faith that shares Christ's suffering and death. All their talk about the law is gas. 13 They themselves don't keep the law! And they are highly selective in the laws they do observe. They only want you to be circumcised so they can boast of their success in recruiting you to their side. That is contemptible! 14 For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate. 15 Can't you see the central issue in all this? It is not what you and I do - submit to circumcision, reject circumcision. It is what God is doing, and he is creating something totally new, a free life!

Here are some of the instructions we are given as it relates to other believers:

I have targeted eight different places in scripture that it talks about the believers responsibility to each other

Eight responsibility essentials for the Believer
1.Love one another (John 13:34-35)

2.Serve one another (Galatians 5:13)

3.Be kind to one another (1 Thessalonians 5:15)

4.Have fellowship with one another (1 John 1:7)

5.Offer hospitality to one another (1 Peter 4:9)

6.Confess your sins one to another, and pray for one another (James 5:16)

7.Carry one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2)

8.Encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 4:18)