<<instruct, enlighten>>

It is strengthening and building up other believers in the faith by encouragement, helpful teaching and God-given gifts (Rom 14:19; Eph 4:10-16; 1 Thes 5:11). This can take place through the teaching in church, small home groups, one-on-one mentoring, or as we fellowship with others. When necessary godly correction, if done with a right motive and received in a right spirit, will also have this positive effect of “equipping the saints for every good work” (2 Cor 13:10; 2 Tim 3:16,17).

Each of us should do what is good for our neighbour and so, in love, build them up in the Lord (Rom 15:2; 1 Cor 8:1). Paul stated that those who speak in tongues help themselves grow spiritually, while those who prophesy speak messages from God and help the whole body of believers grow, so “try to excel in those gifts that build up the church” (1 Cor 14:3,4,12,26). “All we do is for your strengthening”

Edifying is helping others                    grow in the Lord

(2 Cor 12:19). Do I promote growth in the Christians I mix with?  The words we speak have immense ability for good or bad – to build up or tear down so closely guard your tongue (Prov 18:21; Eph 4:25-29; Jas 3:2-10).

“Build yourselves up in your most Holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit (Jud 1:20).  The opposite of edifying is criticism that tears down and discourages.  

See also: correction, criticism, encouragement, instruction, maturity, mentor, teach, tongues.

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