Allelon (pronounced al-lay-lone) is not a verb. It's not a specific “something” that we are told to do. It is who we are told to do many things to, for and with. Its constant use in the New Testament reveals to us the building blocks of Christian community, and provides a detailed blueprint for successful, thriving relationships in the body of Christ. What does this amazing word mean? The word is usually translated into English as the two words one another.
Allelon is not a verb.
It's not a specific “something” that we are told to do.
Here are 36 of the things that we are told to do in regards to one another:
Accept (or welcome) one another (Romans 15:7)
Admonish one another (Romans 15:14; Colossians 3:16)
Be at peace with one other (Mark 9:50)
Be devoted to one another in love (Romans 12:10)
Bear (or carry) one another's burdens (Galatians 6:2)
Bear (or be tolerant) with one another (Colossians 3:13)
Be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32)
Be patient with one another (Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:13)
Be likeminded towards one another (Romans 15:5)
Build up (or edify) one another (Romans 14:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:11)
Care (or have equal concern) for one another (1 Corinthians 12:25)
Clothe yourselves with humility towards one another (1 Peter 5:5)
Comfort one another (1 Thessalonians 4:18)
Confess your faults (sins) to one another (James 5:16)
Consider one another better than yourselves (Philippians 2:3)
Employ the gifts that God has given us for the benefit of one another (1 Peter 4:10)
Encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 4:18 and 5:11)
Exhort one another (Hebrews 3:13)
Forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13)
Greet one another with a holy kiss (Romans 16:16; 2 Corinthians 13:12)
Honor (be devoted to, be kind to) one another above yourselves (Romans 12:10)
In humility consider one another better than yourselves (Philippians 2:3)
Live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16)
Look to the interests of one another (Philippians 2:4)
Love one another (John 13:34 and at least 15 other times)
Pray for one another (James 5:16)
Serve one another (Galatians 5:13)
Show (offer) hospitality to one another (1 Peter 4:9)
Speak the truth in love to one another (Ephesians 4:25)
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19)
Submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21)
Teach (instruct) one another (Colossians 3:16; Romans 15:14)
Stir up (spur) one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24)
Teach one another (Colossians 3:16)
Wash one another’s feet (John 13:14)
When you come together to eat, wait for one another (I Corinthians 11:33)
This is a long and exhaustive list! There shouldn’t be many one-person selfies in the body of Christ. Jesus was seriously into reaching out to one another. Paul repeatedly admonishes the body of Christ to interact, to get involved in one another’s lives, and to be responsible for one another. Mutually. Back-and-forth. Vulnerability does not seem optional if you adhere even partially to this list.
There shouldn’t be many one-person selfies in the body of Christ.
The one another verses are based on a norm of reciprocity. Despite rank, gender, age or social class, this way of relating to one another ushered in a new standard for Christian relationships. Jesus’ Kingdom would follow a radically different model from that of the world. Honor, respect and accountability in all relationships would make His church a place of safety, healing and peace.
Is this the church of today? It could be. There are times when most of us need to be reminded of the Allelon Imperative. Matthew 7:12 says, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Allelon puts this verse into action. Attention to the one another verses turns Matthew 7:12 into a lifestyle that focuses on others. We need to follow through, and hit the ball back when it comes in our direction. Do this and watch what happens; Jesus’ church will become the “spotless and shining” bride of Revelation 19:8. May the Holy Spirit guide us as we focus on allelon.