If we are going to be affected by that which is present in other people, all those features in Christians and in Christian work and activity which are repugnant to us, we are going to close up and withdraw in heart and nothing is going to be done in the way of mutual helpfulness and edification.
Exhort and Edify
Paul also prompts us to come alongside each other – to undergird the other's faith.
Wherefore exhort yourselves together, and edify one another, even also as ye do. 1Thess.5:11.
We are to exhort ourselves together and edify the body of Christ.
A faithful servant will act to exhort and edify his fellow believers in love. A careless steward will act to correct or criticise and smite his fellow-servants, but gracious exhortation can only be done in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Defeat : Prepare : Edify
Such prayer is destined to DEFEAT the strategies of the enemy. Such prayer is designed to PREPARE the way for the salvation of the lost. Such prayer is designated to BUILD UP and edify the body of Christ in holy faith.
One saint, who understood God’s principle of time, gave this edifying comment:- “We might consider some familiar names of believers whom God obviously brought to maturity and used for His glory – such as Pierson, Chapman, Tauler, Moody, Goforth, Mueller, Taylor, Watt, Trumbull, Meyer, Murray, Havergal, Guyon, Mabie, Gordon, Hyde, Mantle, McCheyne, McConkey, Deck, Paxson, Stoney, Saphir, Carmichael, and Hopkins.
Edify and Encourage
But Paul also knows truth can be corrosive – scattering unfounded pain in its wake. Our words should build up and not tear down.
They should edify and encourage. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. Colossians 4:6
We are to be grounded on the truth of the Word – building up and edifying others.
There is to be no place for the uncircumcised tongue or the unredeemed mouth. Our words are to be wholesome; sensitive; truthful; thoughtful; wise – spiritual: let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29
We are all members of one body and should care for each other as we do our own bodies, and speaking the truth in love can encourage as well as correct – edify as well as instruct.
But Paul also wanted to comfort, encourage and edify these believers - and so often we find that this is done by calling to remembrance all the wonderful things that God has done for us - and anticipating all the wonderful things that God has in store for the future.
Not only did it contain news of Paul’s current circumstances… but he knew that this faithful servant of the Lord would edify the saints, and encourage them to stand firm in the faith and hold fast to the truth of the glorious gospel of grace.
We are given wise advice on how to function spiritually as members of the body of Christ and reminded that we all have spiritual gifts, which are to be used for the encouragement of the saints and the edification of the body of Christ.
In this edifying and encouraging passage in Romans 8, Paul details the glories of being in Christ; the wonders that God has planned for those that love Him and an eternal assurance that every born-again child of God will live with Him forever.
Let us therefore in love and grace be sensitive to the needs of others – neither compromising the gospel of Christ nor causing our liberty in Christ to be a stumbling block to other brothers and sisters in Christ - let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
What a beautiful picture this presents of the joy and gladness that fills the heart of a man or woman, when a beloved Christian friend or dear brother in Christ combines gracious acts of kindness, wise advice, words of encouragement and genial counsel with the glorious gospel of Christ in order to edify and encourage or even to correct.
While 'Overseers' or 'bishops' generally attend to the pastoral and spiritual needs of the saints and provided encouragement and edification to believers in their Christian walk, deacons are those entrusted with other material needs or financial issues that might impact the Christian church.
May we encourage and edify our brothers and sisters in Christ, with gracious words and pure deeds - so we remain in close fellowship with our heavenly Father and become the living testimony to our fellow man.
Maybe she was a woman of prayer or a lady who simply used her generous nature to encourage the saints and edify the body... but the name of 'Nympha' and her simple home-based ministry in Laodicea has been celebrated by centuries of believers who have read the book of Colossians.
The Word of God teaches that we are to deny ourselves by keeping 'Self' in the place of death, so that we may love and serve the Lord our God in spirit and truth, and encourage and edify our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Let us love one another in spirit and truth, for love is of God, and he who loves as Christ loves, will both edify the body of Christ and glorify our Father Who is in heaven.
He yearns to see them and to minister to them, and so he tells them of his eager plans to visit them shortly - for their mutual edification, to encourage their spiritual development and to strengthen their faith in the Lord.
May we have that same attitude as Paul, who was prepared to address issues that challenged the truth of God's word, while retaining a godly concern for our Christian brethren, as we offer encouragement and edification to one another, whenever we are able.
Believers are one in Christ and should encourage and edify each other.
Let us live holy lives that are well- pleasing to the Lord so that all we say and do is helpful and edifying to the body of Christ – so that as we walk in newness of life, as we grow more like Jesus day by day.
This is a general exhortation for all believers to be faithful in attending their local church assembly, in order to participate in brotherly encouragement... strength; support; edification; spiritual nourishment; biblical teaching and the joy of sharing fellowship with like-minded believers..
Let us do all we can to ensure that we do not forsake our assembling together as the Body of Christ - as is the habit of some believers, but rather let us take every opportunity to meet together with like-minded brothers and sisters in Christ,, for mutual strength; support; edification and encouragement - so that we can give and receive spiritual nourishment and sound biblical teaching together with like-minded believers - which is all the more important, as we see the day of Christ's return drawing ever nearer
for the edification, exhortation and comfort of those in Jerusalem - for we read that: the testimony of Christ is the spirit of prophecy - but still only part of Joel's prophesy was fulfilled at this time
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
Let us follow after the things which make for peace so that we may edify one another - and let us pursue what promotes a godlike tranquility in the body of Christ and build up one another in godly grace.
To often they made every attempt to discover a fault or a sin in them so that they may discredit them with petty arguments - but the one that is truly spiritual is not concerned with dragging down their brothers or sisters in Christ, but in encouraging, edifying and restoring the one that has trespassed - in a spirit of gentleness and godly love.
And in this verse we are exhorted to speak wholesome words and do good things that encourage and edify others - Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, we are instructed, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment - so that it will give grace to those who hear.
We are not simply to know what Scripture says, but are to act responsibility and obey the call of God to speak timely words of encouragement, which edify the Body; rejoices the heart; give grace to all those who hear them ... and honour our Father in heaven.
There should be a patient, kind, gracious love, that comes only from the indwelling Spirit of Christ Christ, Who is our life - for in Him our soul is refreshed and we are equipped to edify others, which glorifies our Father in heaven.
In this first epistle to Timothy, Paul balances the encouragement and edification he gives, with some necessary warnings about teachers of the Law, who have deviated from the truth, while setting him the task to correct any erroneous doctrine.
There appears to have been some considerable interaction between the two sets of believers in these cities - both commercial and religious interactions, which enabled them to share fellowship with one another; read each other's letters and provide encouragement and edification.
One important principle, which the Corinthian Christians disregarded, was that gifts are for the edification of the whole Body of Christ and for the glory of God.
However, there are other passages that list different spiritual gifts, all of which should be exercised, collectively, for the edification and improvement of all.
To each member is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good, so that each believer contributes to the collective edification of the body, through the exercise of the spiritual gift, with which they have been endowed.
We are to keep on desiring the better gifts and zealously cultivate the greatest and best spiritual gifts and graces - not for our own edification, but for the collective benefit of the whole Body.
They earnestly desire their preferred gift for self-edification and miss the whole point of Paul's teaching on the unity of the Spirit being manifested through the diversity of gifts in the universal Church.
The gifts of the Spirit are given to help equip other believers in their spiritual service; to edify the body of Christ and to help to perfect each member of the Church for the particular ministry to which God has called them.
As with all his letters, the little epistle of first Timothy provides each of God's children with great encouragement and edification; authoritative instruction on living the Christian life and wisdom in combatting false teachings... as well as the blessings of God's grace; the joy of His mercy and His perfect peace in our heart - a peace which passes understanding.
Indeed, there are crowns and rewards for teachers who shepherd the flock of God, bring others into a closer understanding of His word, and edify the body of Christ - through their desire to teach the truth of our wonderful Saviour.