So, I was reading in 1 Thessalonians tonight. Actually, I was looking for a Bible verse that I heard on a TobyMac CD about how we should edify one another. And as a result I ended up reading the whole fifth chapter. The verse I was looking for was 11. Below, I have included verses 10-18. They are really good verse that encourage Christans to uplift, respect, and love one another instead of knocking one another down.
He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5: 10-18
How amazing would this world and our churches be if we all lived by these verses?