“We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.” - Romans 15:2 New Living Translation
Helping others within the body of Christ is how you build unity. Paul’s letter to the Roman believers speaks of unity by way of physical and spiritual help. To encourage and edify someone when they need precisely that is a gift that comes from discerning ones spirit and countenance. The Lord will lead you to those who need a word to help them on their way. Life can be extremely difficult, but the Lord makes it easier. It all comes from our trust in his ability to save us from ourselves. It should be common knowledge that we tend to be our own worst enemy. Knowing there are those who are spiritually in tune enough to know when their help is needed can be a tremendous boost to our faith.
Edification is to morally or spiritually uplift someone. It is not done for ourselves, but rather a selfless act to lift up another. Simply praying for someone can be uplifting. An inspirational song can be. A sermon can be. A person’s cheery disposition can be. If we truly seek to be like Christ in our daily lives, then we will be an inspiration and help to someone who crosses our path at any given moment. That is why we must always be ready to step outside ourselves and minister the love of Christ to those we encounter, especially our brethren. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible; The American Heritage Dictionary.
Romans 14:19 New Living Translation - “So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.”