I’ve had friends in my life who have been there for me through different seasons of life. These ladies built me up in the Word of God and truth. Sometimes we don’t want to hear things especially when it has to do with our character or the way we are acting, but when it is done with love by someone you trust it tends to make it much easier to accept. We need women in our lives who can tell us the truth, things that we don’t want to hear. When we only have people around us who tell us what we want to hear we don’t grow spiritually.
Romans 15:2 says “We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.” How are we building up the women God has put in our lives? Are the words that come out of our mouth harsh, condescending and negative or are we encouraging, building them up and speaking truth in love?
We all want to be loved and be accepted by others, but the words that come out of our mouth can be so powerful they can either tear a person down, and make them feel unloved, disapproved or discouraged or our words can bring encouragement, hope and healing to a person.
Ephesians 4:29 – Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
So let our words be encouraging and bringing comfort to those that hear them so that it may be helpful. 1 Thessalonians Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.
In his commentary David Guzik says “To edify means to build up. When we have our first interest in building up other Christians, then God will edify us. The idea is of a church full of active participants, not passive spectators.”
We can tend to get busy, but don’t miss out on the opportunity to bless someone, be available and see what the lord will do and how you will be blessed as well. Reach out to those sisters that God has put around you, coming along side them and lifting them up with kindness, gentleness and love. Be that person they can trust to go to for comfort and to be built up with the word of God and Prayer.