Hmmm. It is 6:10PM and I realized I forgot to write my devotional for today. Not good!
So I’ll keep it simple. “Let all things be done for building up.” The reference is to “good order in worship”; it is to what is done in church services. But given Paul’s earlier in statement in 1 Corinthians 8:1 that “knowledge puffs up but love builds up”, I think we can apply this principle in the larger context of our lives in general.
It is a principle that really hits home with me. I do things for a lot of different reasons, and some of those reasons don’t square very well the idea of building one another up in love. In fact, sometimes the things I say and do have exactly the opposite effect.
When I get hurt, I sometimes seek to hurt others in return. When I get angry, all too often I go on the attack. When I want my way, sometimes it is my own ego that I serve, and not the good of others. It is not a very pretty picture.
I would ask you to consider how you are doing in making sure that all the things you are doing are being done to build others up. But on this one, I think I have to start with me before I ask anyone anything.
God, please help me to serve you as my heart desires. In so doing, may all that I say and do be done to build others up in love. Amen.