One writer has said that Christianity is a "one-anothering" religion. That's true. We are told in the scriptures to love, encourage, exhort, admonish, honor, receive, greet, forbear, be kind to, submit to, comfort, confess to, pray for, edify and show hospitality to one another, just to name a few of the "one another" commands in scripture. The Church is a very special place. Paul describes it as a new society, subject to a different kind of law, the law of love. In the church, the very differences which are the source of conflict and strife in the world (race, social class, politics, age, sex etc..) are overshadowed by the common love shared by believers. Paul said, in Christ there is no Jew nor Greek, no male nor female, no slave nor free. (Galatians 3:28). Today Paul might have written there is no Black or White or Hispanic or Asian, no union members nor management, no republicans nor democrats, no players nor owners.
It is our fleshly nature to divide into cliques whether they are social, religious or political and to avoid those who are different from us. Paul describes this as the "party spirit." It is an ugly thing. However. it is the nature of Christ, and his church, to reconcile all men to each other and to God (Ephesians 2). We don't look at people from a worldly point of view anymore. We see each other as brothers and sisters, a family, One people united in our love for our Father, our Lord and each other. The ministries of love for each other reflect our acceptance of Christ's command to love each other even as he has loved us. That love may express itself in preparing a meal, visiting a hospital, or welcoming a new member into your home for a visit. The ministries that follow are all attempts to express our love to each other and perhaps one of them will be something you can become involved in.