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Edification is a subject that is near and dear to me.

It is a vital part of Christianity and one we should do our best to practice. 

Perhaps some of you agree with this and would be so kind as to share your thoughts on this subject along with like minded scriptures and experiences.

I hope this can be an edifying (pun intended :emot-nod:) discussion. GBU.

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6 hours ago, turtletwo said:

Edification is a subject that is near and dear to me.

It is a vital part of Christianity and one we should do our best to practice. 

Perhaps some of you agree with this and would be so kind as to share your thoughts on this subject along with like minded scriptures and experiences.

I hope this can be an edifying (pun intended :emot-nod:) discussion. GBU.

The word "edifice" comes to mind, which is a building or complex structure. 

We are the temple and we have been given particular gifts to use in defending and building up the temple (eachother). 

1Peter 4:10

"As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."

 

1 Corinthians 3:10

"According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon."

 

There is no better sense of fulfillment than when I am using my gifts to serve others; this is the true currency of the Kingdom. When I begin to buy in to this world's economy of profiting from other's misfortunes it is like tearing down the temple and we know how He feels about that:

1 Corinthians 3:17

"If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."

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7 hours ago, turtletwo said:

Edification is a subject that is near and dear to me.

It is a vital part of Christianity and one we should do our best to practice. 

Perhaps some of you agree with this and would be so kind as to share your thoughts on this subject along with like minded scriptures and experiences.

I hope this can be an edifying (pun intended :emot-nod:) discussion. GBU.

I have thought that there can be no higher honor bestowed upon a believer than to be used of God to help feed and draw another believer or person to Christ. 

Scripture says; 

Romans 10:15 (NKJV)
And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!"

If their feet are beautiful, says the God of love, about their feet. How much more are the rest of them to this God Who Himself is love.

For we are each other’s treasure.

Blessings,

Much love in Christ, Not me 

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9 hours ago, turtletwo said:

It is a vital part of Christianity and one we should do our best to practice

Shalom turtle,

I hope you are doing well my sister.

What a fantastic topic to raise! I love it!  

Yes, edification should be our primary role with our family.  Each gift given by the the Father, through the Spirit, in the name of Yahushua (Jesus), is for edifying the church. Paul's letter reiterates this again and again...

“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” ~ Ephesians 4:11-12.

“Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another” ~ Romans 14:19

"Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing" ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11

With these exhortations in mind, thanks to turtle's great post, let's all remember to work hard to help each other - with advice, support, patience and love.  If you can help just one person today, from your local church or on here, you have been infinitely more fruitful for God than when you don't.  But don't do it to just seek reward or approval from God, but do it with genuine love towards your fellow brother or sister. 

"Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others" ~ Philippians 2:4

Again, great post turtle.

Love & Shalom

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I am all for edifying each other, but let us be 100% sure we are speaking TRUTH....

GOD requires it ! Joh 4v24.

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5 hours ago, Tzephanyahu said:

Shalom turtle,

I hope you are doing well my sister.

What a fantastic topic to raise! I love it!  

Yes, edification should be our primary role with our family.  Each gift given by the the Father, through the Spirit, in the name of Yahushua (Jesus), is for edifying the church. Paul's letter reiterates this again and again...

“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” ~ Ephesians 4:11-12.

“Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another” ~ Romans 14:19

"Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing" ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11

With these exhortations in mind, thanks to turtle's great post, let's all remember to work hard to help each other - with advice, support, patience and love.  If you can help just one person today, from your local church or on here, you have been infinitely more fruitful for God than when you don't.  But don't do it to just seek reward or approval from God, but do it with genuine love towards your fellow brother or sister. 

"Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others" ~ Philippians 2:4

Again, great post turtle.

Love & Shalom

and now let us hear the conclusion of what General TRUE LOVE IS .     It would put CHRIST above all  , First , loving all His sayings , above mother father son daughter all .

From that love the eyes would be clear how to love others .   For any love that allows for , or wont correct , or honors sin , IS NOT OF GOD .

For two things .  Number one , GOD IS TRUTH , number two GOD Is LOVE.    AND GOD CANNOT CONTRADICT HIMSELF , NOR WOULD HIS LOVE CONTRADICT HIS TRUTH .

This is why I have long said , FLEE all ,  FLEE those who have been deceived by a worldy love , a wordly gospel , a wordly freedom , a wordly liberty

AND LEARN from the great Shepard of the Sheep by continuously feasting on the pure holy scrips in that bible .     Let all that has breath , PRAISE the LORD .

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On 3/14/2019 at 5:09 AM, Tzephanyahu said:

Shalom turtle,

I hope you are doing well my sister.

What a fantastic topic to raise! I love it! 

@Tzephanyahu I've been having extreme dizziness and am in need of prayer, brother. Thanks for your concern and also for your edifying :)words about this thread.

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I came across an article I found helpful so I am posting it below.

We live in a world that enjoys tearing people down. From reality TV shows to the coarse interactions on talk radio—there is a continual display of putting people down instead of building them up. The misuse of words and actions can bring destruction spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

However, it should never be said of those who follow Christ. The church is built on the foundation of Christ’s love and continues to grow as we build up or edify other people with our words and actions. As followers of Christ, we are mandated by the Spirit of God to enlighten or improve the whole body of Jesus. Practice your gift of edification with the knowledge of the following top 8 Bible verses:

 

EDIFY WITH OUR SENSITIVITY

“Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another” (Romans 14:19).

The church is a mixture of the spiritually mature and those who are new to the faith. Some of us sense God’s freedom to do things that others may feel a strong conviction to avoid. Choosing to be sensitive instead of judgmental within the body of Christ can be most edifying and will allow the church to continue to grow as outsiders sense our sincerity towards each other.

 

EDIFY WITH OUR UNSELFISHNESS

“Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification” (Romans 15:2).

It’s easy to be selfish, we don’t even have to think about it first to practice it. Yet we need to recognize the opportunities to practice selflessness towards others. The church is built up when we relieve our brother’s or sister’s burdens with our gifts of time, money, and energy.

 

EDIFY WITH OUR RESPECT

“Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction” (2 Corinthians 13:10).

There are times when we are stretched in our faith by the teachings of our church leaders. Godly pastors have been led by God to preach truth in sometimes difficult circumstances. As the body of Christ, we have the responsibility to edify our leaders and church by respecting and obeying the word of God as taught in authority.

 

EDIFY WITH OUR LOVE

“Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies” (1 Corinthians 8:1).

Nothing builds up the church more than the demonstrated love of Christ. As we love one another, we are encouraged to continue the faith in times of joy and difficulty. Our spirits are rejuvenated by the Holy Spirit when we sense and appreciate the love of God demonstrated through His people.

 

EDIFY WITH OUR GIFTS

"And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12).

God has poured out spiritual gifts on the church. As we come into the knowledge, application, and demonstration of our own individual spiritual gifts—we have the responsibility to help grow the church. Our gifts aren’t meant for our own personal edification (although we can sense the edifying feeling of gratitude); rather, we are meant to use our gifts for others.

 

EDIFY WITH OUR HOPE

“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

There are many times when under severe pressure, hope can seem elusive to the saints of God suffering under tremendous persecution. As believers, we have the ability to build them up in the faith with hope from God’s word. By knowing and sharing the truths of Scripture, we can witness the power of God breaking the devil’s grip of despair.

 

EDIFY WITH OUR TESTIMONY

“The church then had peace throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, and it became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers” (Acts 9:31).

When the Lord intervenes in our lives, we should never keep it to ourselves. Sharing our testimony—both the good and bad parts of it—can strengthen those who have difficulty believing that God will do great things for them. Our truthful testimonies give others the ability to overcome fear, anxiety, and doubt.

 

EDIFY WITH OUR WORDS

“But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:15-16).

The words we speak are so much powerful than many of us recognize. Our words can bring new life or death to any situation. By speaking the truth in love, we grant grace to the hearers so that they can push forward in this life when bombarded with overwhelmingly negative words both inwardly and outwardly.

 

EQUIPPED TO EDIFY

As believers, we are equipped by the Spirit of God to take up our cross and build up the church. We can resist our carnal nature by staying humble in the process of growing in the faith. Our Father longs to see His children help and edify one another for the building of Christ’s kingdom.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beautiful post @turtletwo.  Such a thing should be up on bulletin boards and newsletters of every church.

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