Friday, July 17, 2015

Edification, Exhortation and Abundance

 " So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [[a]morally] to all people [not only [b]being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers]." Galatians 6:10 (AMP)

Edification and exhortation are recurrent themes in Paul's ministry. I find I relate so much to his life. Mostly, I feel kindred in his strong desire for God's precious children to live a truly abundant life in Christ.

As believers, we should share Paul's passion and we are called to edify (build up) one another (1 Thes. 5:11). By ministering to one another in this way, we, like Paul, are exhorting (encouraging specific action) each other to live an abundant life ( 1 Thes. 4:1) of spiritual prosperity in Christ.

Through edification and exhortation we serve, inspire and comfort one another in brotherly love. We nurture and strengthen one another's gifts and talents, just as Paul implored the church to do (Rom. 12:4-8). We become more complete as the body of Christ and better equipped to Glorify our Holy Father in our race!

I pray we will all diligently PURSUE opportunities for edification (Rom. 14:19) and exhortation for the good of the church (1 Cor. 14:12 ); that, through our love for Jesus and one another, we will be passionate and more effective in our mission.

Be blessed and be a blessing, brethren. All in the name of The Son, Jesus Christ, and all for God's Glory. Amen.

by Christa Walton Winn