Read verses with the “one-another” commands of Scripture and you’ll have to conclude that this kind of mutual, reciprocal relating takes time. Church leaders serious about following God’s design for interdependence among the Body must etch time for Body life into their busy schedules. And, they must structure to allow for it to happen within the hectic church-wide schedule.
How will we admonish one another (Col. 3:16), bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2), build up each other (Rom. 14:19), care for one another (1 Cor. 12:25), and spur one another on (Heb. 10:24) if we haven’t taken time to learn each other’s needs?
It’s hard to comfort (1 Thess. 4:18) or confess our faults (James 5:16) to one another if we don’t take time to listen to each other.
We could go on with all the one another commands to note the necessity of time. To sum it up, it’s very difficult to be devoted to one another (Rom. 12:10a) with people with whom we spend little time.
We can got so consumed with all we have to do that little time remains for connecting and relating with one another.
The Steering the Church Toward Body Life Leadership Guide includes this content plus three tips for managing our time to make room for one another.