Food For Thought…do you edify?

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I read the scripture today that says “Let all things be done for edification”  1 Corinthians 14:26 Edifying by definition is “something that is spiritually uplifiting”.  Now that you have that in your mind, ask yourself this….is your life edifying, are your actions edifying, are your words edifying?

Our words will never be edifying unless we are built up in Christ.  When we are built up in Him and in His word, the goodness of God will be what flows out of us and into the lives of others.  That is edification.  As Christians, we are called to edify one another, to love one another, to rejoice with one another, and to pray for one another.

Here is the thing ladies, we women are thinkers.  Too much so.  We are always thinking, worrying, talking, thinking some more.  I have learned that negative thoughts ALWAYS lead to negative words.  If we are thinking negatively about others, about our lives, about our callings, that’s how people will remember us.  Those negative thoughts show up in our words and in our actions, and we become someone that others will be apprehensive of.   I want to be someone that edifies my friends, sisters, and family.

Here are things you can do to make your life more edifying:

1)Get in God’s Word, soak yourself in it as much as your possibly can.  Start your day off with it.  When I don’t start my day reading His word, I struggle through.  Get up early and get in God’s word!! “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” Psalm 119:105

2)Take your thoughts captive.  This is something that I have to purpose to do each and every single day.  I am always asking God to give me the strength to take my thoughts captive.  Hold them in prison, don’t let them wander, and cast them down.  If you don’t, you will drive yourself crazy. “Take captive every thought into the obedience of Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:5

3) Purpose to pray for others.  Sometimes we get into a rut.  We start feeling sorry for ourselves and then we focus on the bad things, the trials, and the frustrations in our lives.  I have found that when I start praying for someone else, it takes my mind off of myself!! “Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed” James 5:16

4) Cover the sins of one another.  We are called to love one another and the bible says that love covers a multitude of sins.  When we share other peoples sins with eachother, it’s anything BUT edifying.  It tears down, it discourages, it leaves others feeling bitter.  We are called to cover one another.  “Above all, love one another, for love covers a multitude of sins” 1 Peter 4:8

5) Our lives are to be a testimony of Jesus and His love.  How we live, how we react, the activities that we take part in should cause us and others to grow in faith.  Ask yourself if your activities, the music you listen to, the places you go will lead others to the love of God.  “All things are lawful, but not all things edify” 1 Corinthians 10:23

Sweet sister, your life and mine can only be edifying when we put Jesus first, when we ask for his love to overflow out of us, when we put others before ourselves, it is then that Jesus is glorified in our lives and our lives will be spiritually uplifting to others.

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Comments

  1. Charity L. says:

    Thanks for the article! Needed this today.

  2. I was called to intercede on the behalf of others. It is a privilege to pray for others. I sometimes forget to pray for myself but am a transparent person and will call on my circle of prayer warriors. Great post! Pinned.

    • Marissa says:

      Jessica, I have a group of close friends that I know are awesome prayer warriors. No matter what I am going through, I know they will pray for me. I pray that I can be that for others also. Thanks for stopping by!!! Come again, every morning we have a devotional at 8am 🙂

  3. Thank you for this encouraging and uplifting post. I mean it. I think it is so important to get into God’s Word and soak it in early in the day. I exercise and shower first but I don’t start working on my computer before spending time with the Lord. Good reminders.