For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 (HCSB)
Note from Kip…
When I hear the term ‘Build up’, I get the image of a fitness coach working with someone to strengthen them and improve their endurance.
We as Christians, really should have a different metal picture come to mind when we think of building up one another. The objective is similar, however in the life of a Believer, this has a much richer motivation.
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:17 (HCSB)
Early on in the scripture, the benefit and mutual responsibly of building each other up as God’s children has been evident. When you think of major themes in the Bible, immediately you think of love followed by any number of the fruits of the Spirit. In there is strength as well.
And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 (HCSB)
Strength! Building up! Using what we have to develop each other, to be more faithful, more powerful, more complete pictures of our Lord and Savior; Jesus Christ.
We do this through fellowship:
And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (HCSB)
And this is grounded in Jesus, to be certain. Regardless of how we work to build one another up in love, we all are ill equipped to take on the prince of darkness one on one. But if we train our spirit to be in unison with the Holy Spirit living in us, build up each other in the faith, and trust in Christ to provide the strength where our weakness exposes us to failure; there is absolutely nothing that we cannot accomplish within the will and grace of Jesus!
I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content — whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:12-13 (HCSB)
Let’s seek to build up each other. Let each of us, strive for the perfection that is in Christ Jesus. Paying attention to the encouragement and strengthening of our brother and sisters in the Lord and running the race before us with joy and perseverance; through the power that is in us through Christ!
Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (HCSB)
Now the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him — those who depend on His faithful love to deliver them from death and to keep them alive in famine.
We wait for Yahweh; He is our help and shield. For our hearts rejoice in Him because we trust in His holy name.
Psalms 33:18-21 (HCSB)
“I assure you: Whoever does not welcome, the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
Mark 10:15 (HCSB)
Now those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they were thinking about where they came from, they would have had an opportunity to return. But they now desire a better place — a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
Hebrews 11:14-16 (HCSB)
Note from Kip…
We seek our home with Jesus at the thrown of God! Amen!
But I know my living Redeemer, and He will stand on the dust at last.
Even after my skin has been destroyed, yet I will see God in my flesh. I will see Him myself; my eyes will look at Him, and not as a stranger.
Job 19:25-27 (HCSB)
Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:6-7 (HCSB)
Let brotherly love continue. Don’t neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it.
Hebrews 13:1-2 (HCSB)