Tear Down or Build up?

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” ( 1Thessalonians 5:11)

Years ago I worked with a lady who was always down; no matter what was going on, she could find a reason that it was bad. Sometimes I’d go in to work in a great mood but a couple of minutes with this lady and my mood would change…

I quickly noticed that most everyone avoided her; she could cast gloom on any occasion  It’s kind of interesting how easy it is to depress people; much easier than it is to lift them up.

There are other people who always seem to be “up”; ever meet one of those?  No matter how rough a time they might be going through, they always seem to find good in it.  These people are the sort that we enjoy running into; they can brighten our mood.  Have you ever wondered why some people are always “down” and others are always “up”?

It seems to me that there might just be a hint in our text…

Notice that Paul commands us to build each other up?  If building people up can be commanded, then it must be a choice.  If we can choose to build others up, then we can also choose to build ourselves up.  I’ve tried this, by the way and it works; choose to be uplifting and you will be uplifted.  Give it a try, I think you’ll find that it will work for you too.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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6 Responses to Tear Down or Build up?

  1. I knew one of the doom and gloom type. It was a parent of one of my friends back in middle, and high school years. I have to confess I’ve given up trying to remember if I’d ever known one of the eternal optimist variety.

    Jesus said we should be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect. Paul added some clarification in his exhortation: those that are perfect have this mind; they are not already perfect, but their leaning is toward perfection, and God as he did credit righteousness to Abraham though he didn’t follow through in killing Isaac, credits them who lean toward him in perfection, with being perfect. Today folks think that being born again encompasses all that God has for man, apart from the “ in the sweet, by and by” life to come, In truth there is a whole world of living that follows as consequence of being born again. This new kind of life into which we are born is explored about as much as the new world before Christopher Columbus did the heavy lifting of expanding our horizons; which is to say this world is not explored at all. As glorious as the born again experience is, it only gains us entrance into a life where the miraculous is to be as commonplace as the air one breathes moment by moment.

    It’s a challenge to find a more important question in all of life than what we are here to do. The consequences of not getting the answer right are more far-reaching than any of us can imagine. We are not the first to ponder those matters; and what others have said in contemplation of such introspections is quite revealing. One that comes to mind is the expression: the God size void in every man. That void is where God desired to dwell cause the heavens, nor the heaven of heavens can contain him according scripture; that covers the universe and beyond, yet there’s room sufficient for him in man, his image. We are called to inherit the glory of the Lord Jesus; it comes to us with the gift of God himself. Rise and shine for your light is come and the glory that belongs God’s rises upon you. He instructs to do the things that Jesus did, just the way he did them in three years of miracle working because they were ordained before the world for your glory; to bring you renown in the earth and cause you to shine like lights. The glory of God is what he gives to us. Tough to give us himself and not his glory, his kingdom, his mind, his Spirit, his power…..all things are our; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are ours and we are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s. We have been given the mind of Christ to know these things that are given to us. Which the carnal man cannot see, hear, understand, nor even speak; it is unlawful for him: against the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus.

    2 Thessalonians 2:14—Hereunto he called you by our gospel, to obtain of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Christ the glory of God, and the glory of man are not mutually exclusive. Isaiah 46:1—To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like: (Answer: …as he is, so are we). Isaiah 40:18— 18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? (Answer: …..In the likeness of man made he them, male and female…He is to be compared to his image…that’s why we have mirrors, we want to see what we are like: we are God’s mirror “image” and his word is our mirror for comparison to what we are like…made in his likeness). For thousand of years men have been making images of gods. God has turned the tables and created his own image, when he finished it was man. He lives, breathes, thinks, and does the works of God in Christ.

    2 Corinthians v.5—Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God: (v.2—to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: a building of God, an house not made with hands….. v.2-4 that mortality might be swallowed up of life while living breathing walking around.)

    None of this makes any sense to us because we really haven’t taken seriously the words of Jesus. They that believe in me. All the works that I do they shall do also, and the signs that shall identify them are summary listed. We don’t really see ourselves of whom he said if you believe, all things are possible doing these things; so the purpose for which we are called keeps eluding us.

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