Writing Prompts: One-Anothering

This series of journal prompts references some of the 59 places in the New Testament that teach us how to treat “one another.”

Part1: Judging One Another Delivers a Double-Whammy

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Image: Stu’s Views

Casting judgment on another person hits a double whammy: judging devalues the other person and judging devalues you, too. Paul wrote, “Each of us will give a personal account to God [you]. So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall [the other person]” (Romans 14:12-13, AMP).

Writing Prompt

Think over last time you passed judgment on someone else or on their behavior. How did it impact you?


Part 2: Loving God and Loving One Another – Which Is Harder?

In Mark 12: 28-31, Jesus outlines the two most important commandments: to love God and to love one another.   Many people say that loving God is easy, but loving your neighbor…well, that is not so easy. But are they so different?

Writing Prompt

Which of the two commandments is harder for you? Why do you think God wants us to love others as we love ourselves?


Part 3: Accepting Others – Even When You Don’t Understand Them

It is often easy for us to love and excuse the behaviors of those who have visible disabilities … but it is much harder to understand and accept behaviors that come from others’ internal wounds.  Paul reminds us to “accept each other just as Christ has accepted you, so that God will be given glory” (Romans 15:7, NLT).

Writing Prompt

How can you become more sensitive to others, even when you can’t see or understand their hurts?

Part 4: Label One Another – or Honor One Another?

It can be tempting to label people around us as a way to bring order to our lives. Too many people, too many environments, and too many activities can lead to chaos. Labeling people is not only a convenience, but it is also an expression of judgment – one that can lead to hurt.   Rather than labeling our differences, God calls us to honor them: “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other” (Romans 12:10, NLT).

Writing Prompt

Think of a time you labeled someone. Why did you do so? How can labeling limit God’s movement?