Building Each Other Up

5 Jul

In what ways can we edify and build each other up?

 Again, as fleshly human beings we are much better at plucking down, especially when it comes to our brothers and sisters in the Lord, than we are at building them up. Plucking down comes naturally but building up takes work!

 How can we help each other become better builders?

 We find much instruction on the subject in Scripture.

 1. Through our SPEECH

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29 

One of the quickest and easiest ways we hinder each other from making progress in our building project is by speaking with hurtful words or with a critical spirit. Sometimes it’s not what we say that is necessarily hurtful but how we say it. I struggle with my attitude and the tone of my voice more than I do with directly saying things that are hurtful. Paul instructs us against using “corrupt communication” and challenges us to use our words as a means of edifying those whose ears will be on the receiving end of them. The word “corrupt” literally means worthless in Greek while the word “good” means benefit. Something without worth won’t assist us in building our lives or the lives of others spiritually, but good words will surely benefit the speaker and the hearer. Good words could be viewed as the nails that hold our building together. The fewer nails the less sturdy our building is while more nails means a stronger and more stable dwelling.

2. Through SCRIPTURE

 “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”  Ephesians 5:19 

 While our words quickly wound and tear down, His Word is guaranteed to build up. I am reminded of the many times that sweet friends have encouraged my heart by sharing one verse of Scripture that related to my current season or trial. They have often shared these verses just when I needed them the most showing the reality of Proverbs 15:23 (“ …a word spoken in due season, how good is it!”) in my life! Through a simple card with an “I’m praying for you” and a verse to strengthen the heart of a brother or sister who is weary in their building can certainly build them up!

 3. Through SHARING our own experiences and bearing their burdens with them in prayer

“Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.”   2 Corinthians 1:4-6 

 “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:”  2 Thessalonians 3:1 

 Sometimes the Lord allows us to go through hard times that we may be able to comfort and encourage another who is facing the same difficulty at a later time. We can testify of God’s faithfulness and share what He did in our lives as a result of the testing. We can honestly say “I know how it feels and I know that God will provide.”

 Finally, the biggest way to bless our brothers and sisters as we strive to build God glorifying lives is through prayer. I am guilty of being diligent in my prayer for others only if they’re facing sickness or trial. Though, we certainly need prayer in these seasons, we can definitely benefit from the strength the Spirit will bring in everyday life if we are faithful to lift each other to the Lord on a daily basis.

 With these three ways, we certainly have our work cut out for us! What a project this has become! To be successful house builders, we need each other!  

 How can you edify those closest to you today?

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