Building Up One Another

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

-I Thessalonians 5:11

As believers, and as humans, we are called to look after one another. Each of us are a unique and beloved child of the King. So often, we fall into a trap of discouraging one another rather than encouraging, comparing ourselves to one another instead of reveling in the beauty of God’s creation, and tearing each other down instead of building each other up. What if instead of looking to ourselves for our fulfillment, we looked to our Creator? It is my belief that we would be much more content and more open to loving one another. If we are able to accept that we are each individually loved by an all-knowing God for our individual characteristics that He has gifted us with, we will be able to appreciate the differences in one another.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.

-Psalm 139:14

I have a personal story regarding this subject. Throughout this last year, I have experienced jealousy of one person in particular and that caused me to have an intense dislike for this person. I knew that this was wrong. This person had never wronged me, she was just being who God had created her to be: brilliant, creative, compassionate, and talented. I realized this sin in my life long before I decided to do anything about it. I knew that the way that I was feeling was wrong. This was a heart issue, not a her issue. I spent some time talking to God, praying that He would change my heart, and prayed for her individually, that He would bless her. Slowly, God revealed to me that my jealousy came from a place of not believing that I was fearfully and wonderfully made. I was not loving myself the way that God love me, I was not seeing myself with His eyes. Throughout the last few months, God has been helping me to grow in this area, and allowing me to share this knowledge with others. I have been radically blessed through this experience. I have taken major steps to overcoming my feelings of inadequacy and jealousy. God has lifted this weight off of my shoulders because I could not do so on my own. I have realized that part of our individual purpose is to bless and serve one another.

Kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul, and healthy for the body.

-Proverbs 16:24

 

When we bless one another and lift each other up, it not only blesses the person receiving the gift of kind words or actions, it blesses us as well. Jesus came so that He might serve, not to be served, and this is how we aspire to be like Him.