The instruction or improvement of a person morally or
intellectually: "the idea that art's main purpose is
Ephesians 4:15 and 16:
But speaking the truth in love, may grow
up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every
joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every
part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in
We are all called to edify each other. Edification builds up the body of Christ. Judgment and harsh words tear us down. We are all ONE in Him. Jesus said whatever we do to the least we are doing unto Him. We are ONE with HIM. When you decide to judge one another, demean one another with words or attitudes it is Him and you that you are placing judgment on. When you harm one member of the body you harm the entire body of Christ. You cant cut off your arm with out affecting the rest of your body.
I was pondering how the woman of the well was brought to Jesus and how he never said a word about her sins in front of those there to judge her. He told her in private that He forgave her and to go sin no more. The only place I saw him publicly rebuke anyone was when He rebuked those judging others, and being hypocrites'. To me this is a sign that we are to walk in love and forgiveness and leave the rest up to Him.
I understand that there are times we need to address something in someone else's life for their well being. When this is done it should be done first by addressing it in prayer, second by listening to what God really wants you to do with it and then going to the other person in a loving manner and presenting what God has placed on your heart. If its not done in a manner that is in love that would draw them unto the Father then it is not of the Father.
This is a high calling to build up His body. I f am asking Him to teach me daily to do this better than I have ever done before.
CG n Up with Him