Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
It is good to be strong in the Word and believing. We are to use that strength not so much to be pleasing to ourselves but to be pleasing to the fellow believers. As an example: those who are strong in who they are in Christ are to use that strength not to boast or to be on an ego trip but to be pleasing to others, walking in that goodness of who they are in Christ and building up those that are not strong in who they are in Christ.
This is the mindset, the heart, the attitude we are to have toward the fellow believers. We are to be pleasing to the point of being good. (This being good is according to God’s standard for good and is not the topic of this discussion). And the reason to reach this point of being good in our life is so we can edify one another.
|I Corinthians 14:26
How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
|I Corinthians 8:1b
Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
|I Corinthians 10:23, 24
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.
If we are to edify one another, we cannot be seeking our own but rather another’s. The mind set we need to have is – what can I do to bless you, to build you up, to edify you.
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
|I Thessalonians 5:11
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
You are a son of God. You have Christ in you the hope of glory. You are heaven bound and all hell can’t stop you from going. You have the ability to operated all nine manifestations of the spirit. You are seated in the heavenlies. You have eternal life abiding in you. You are chosen of God. You are blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ. You are accepted in the beloved. On and on…
Now you need to get strong in these things. You need to get strong in God’s Word and who you are in Christ. You need to be convinced of these things so that not even the devil himself can convince you otherwise. And when you are strong in God’s Word and who you are in Christ, don’t use that strength to exalt yourself above others and get on an ego trip. Use that strength to help others get strong in God’s Word and who they are in Christ.
God is into building. We need to be imitators of God and we also need to be into building. It is so easy to tear down. It does not take any special skills to tear down. But it takes someone who is strong in God’s Word, strong in who they are in Christ and strong in the love of God to build up others. And as each believer is edifying one another, the church will be edifying itself in love.