Welcome to EDIFY. In the spirit of Ephesians 4:12-16, this blog is dedicated to the building up of believers through speaking the truth in love. Posts will primarily generate from Scripture and from interaction with the teaching of great men of the Faith. The content of posts and comments will be measured according to Ephesians 4:29 (ESV):
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Please give correction when necessary. I claim no corner on the market of truth. God's Word is truth. I hope we can encourage each other in our daily walk of putting sin to death and growing in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
4 thoughts on “Body-Building”
Great looking site, Jeff! Looking forward to what you have to encourage us with.
Nice site. I look forward to seeing what will happen with the new avenue of discussion.
I agree with Jeff, we do not participate in the edification of ourselves, family, and friends by speaking the truth in love. It is crucial in the sanctification of a believer. Many people chose to ignore the wrongs of others by accepting it, others talk about the wrong doing with other people, some put themselves in a shell not opening themselves up to others, and then there are those that will love you to your face, none of these are helping with edification.
When we speak of love in the church or families, we usually talk about such things as the fruits of the spirit- kindness, gentleness, forgiveness, etc… but I think we often forget that loving edification is confrontation, accountability, and discipline. Both can be very hard to do. I think that these need to be cultivated in our lives, some people have an easier time with certain ways to speak the truth in love. My main thought is that Jesus was always soft on the person, but hard on their problem. Loving Edification is loving the sinner, but hating the sin. When the time of confrontation arises we must remember this, it will help us speak the truth in love.
You're right in describing ways that Christians avoid helping other believers with faults. One aspect of edification is loving confrontation. If done in the right way, confronting a brother or sister in sin and helping him/her deal with it will most certainly have an edifying effect as sin is being mortified.
Let me add one thought: I believe HUMILITY is the key ingredient needed when confrontation takes palce. The confronter must be motivated by love and possess the attitude of humility, realizing that he is in constant need of correcting grace, being a sinner devoid of self-righteousness. For Jesus told us to remove the beam before we point out the speck in another. The confrontee must possess the humility to listen, to accept truthful correction, and to not judge the confronter's intentions.