We are living in an age where old divisive pagan idols are being reintroduced into an already divided church through the anti-Christ/humanist/secularist/communist principles of Critical Theory. The apostle Paul asks in 1 Corinthians 1:13, "Is Christ divided?" and the obvious answer is (or ought to be), "No!" (or "He shouldn't be!").
God calls his people out of paganism and into Jesus Christ. As the body of Jesus Christ, the church, members come from various backgrounds, with diverse gifts given by the Holy Ghost, to unify and to build the church.
The apostle gives the church at Corinth rules and guidance to accomplish the unification and edification of the church through gifts, administrations, and operations for the profit of all.
We finish up in 1 Thessalonians as we look at the final one another commands in the letter:
Comfort and edify one another
Highly esteem the pastor/elders
Be at peace with one another, with patience and zero vengeance
Greet one another with warmth and affection
These good works, done in obedience to God's commandments, are the fruits and evidences of a true and lively faith; and by them believers manifest their thankfulness, strengthen their assurance, edify their brethren, adorn the profession of the gospel, stop the mouths of the adversaries, and glorify God. Good works done by believers are fully rewarded in this life and the life which is to come, though they cannot by them merit pardon of sin or eternal life, which is a gift of grace.
As we continue in Chapter 15 and our illustrating of Christian Liberty; we move beyond strong and weak and to not rejecting or turning away any just because they may not meet our criteria. Jesus never turned any away, and the Apostle Paul said when others are weak so am I. We need to edify, or boost how others see themselves, not tear down!
Dealing with truth and not lies is a black and white contrast. Avoid the gray areas of carelessness and compromise. The tongue has been described as a tree of life or a source of death and destruction. Truth can bless or be used malignantly.
The devil and the demons are real. Christians are in a real conflict with invisible enemies. The devil sends his ministers of unrighteousness into churches who pretend to be ministers of righteousness. The apostle Paul tells Timothy how to recognize these false teachers and how to deal with them.
Certainly David taught his son, Solomon, the importance of the words of our mouth. Psalm 19:7-14 shows the correlation between our reverence and attentiveness to God's word and the thoughts of our minds and hearts, and also the words of our mouth. Let's now examine the Book of Proverbs and see the great value and importance of using our tongues carefully and respectfully.
There are those who come together not to edify the church but to edify themselves. There are those that dismiss the sin in their lives because they speak in tongues. They think somehow, they have more of God because they have this gift or that gift.
I. Put off stealing, put on giving
*Multiple ways in which we steal
*Repentance is a complete 180. It's not merely "stop stealing"; it's quit taking and start giving.
II. Put off unwholesome speech and put on edifying speech
*gumbling, being negative, excessive criticism, gossip, slander, insults, profanity, coarse jesting
III. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit