For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself. Gal 5:14
When we are not motivated by love, we become critical of others. We stop looking for good in them and see only their faults.
Have you talked behind someone’s back? Have you focused on others’ shortcomings instead of their strengths? Remind yourself of Jesus’ command to love others as you love yourself. When you begin to feel critical of someone, make a list of that person’s positive qualities. If there are problems that need to be addressed, it is better to confront in love than to gossip. How tough is that?
As a Body of believers, each one of us is responsible for building the Kingdom of God. One important aspect in this process is being actively involved in building one another up. The church is a place where we should be built up – not hurt, broken down, and rejected.
God has given us the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit as tools to build one another up. They are not weapons, but tools. Remember, the Bible tells us that death and life are in the power of the tongue. Use words of edification, encouragement and comfort to build up the faith of others. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit – don’t just go to church service and walk out. Speak to your brothers and sisters and God will reveal to you who needs to be built up. Use every event, whether spiritual or social, to edify someone.
May the sweet fellowship of the Spirit of God be your share.