All of our words according to Godís Word tell us to edify or build up others. Sometimes it is so easy to say things when we see others doing some thingís which we may think are wrong.
God tells us that Love covers a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8). When we understand Godís love this will become much clearer to us. Godís love is aware of the faults, but only focuses on the finished work. God sees us perfect through Jesus. So when we focus on anotherís fault, we are not walking in Godís love. We are actually walking in agreement with the accuser of the brethren, the devil. The devil is critical, condemning, and judgmental.
Eph 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (KJV)
AV-edifying 7, building 6, edification 4, wherewith (one) may edify 1; 18
1) (the act of) building, building up
2) metaph. edifying, edification
2a) the act of one who promotes anotherís growth in Christian wisdom, piety, happiness, holiness
3) a building (i.e. the thing built, edifice)
Eph 4:29 Let no unwholesome words ever pass your lips, but let all your words be good for benefiting others according to the need of the moment, so that they may be a means of blessing to the hearers. (Wey)
James 4:11 Speak not evil one of another, brethrenÖÖÖ.
An experience that I had a few years back really brought this home to me. I was talking with a friend on the telephone. Godís presence was very intense. I am not sure what we were talking about, but the Lord sent His presence while we did. We then somehow started talking about a person. It wasnít edifying but was hashing over the wrongs that they were doing. Godís presence immediately left us. It was like someone turned the light switch off. I recognized what had happened by the grace of God, and said we must quit talking this way. We repented and Godís presence immediately came back. There are things that God will just not be a part of. This was one of them. No where in scripture does it say that this is the fruit of Godís Spirit. When we start talking about someone else, we give in to the enemyís ploys. God said that we are to not give place to the devil. It will cost us Godís presence. The enemy working through us will also effect the people that we may be telling. It is one thing when we talk of another with a purpose of praying for the person, but talking about someone being critical or not edifying will get us into trouble. When we lose Godís presence we lose everything. The key to us talking about someone is this, ďIf we canít pray it, then we should never say itĒ.
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