I was working on a project where I had to rebuild a part of a wall and well, as I was working I thought about how sometimes we have to tear down to build something back, but if we do it right, one ends with something better than when we started. I thought about how God does that with us when He needs to do it in order to get us to the place He wants us to be for Him. He sure did that with me, through a series of events over a long time period I was torn down, not completely but definitely to the point I didn’t feel I could build myself back up and was forced to turn to Him.
Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. Hosea 6:1
He also just builds us up if we are in the right place with Christ. Besides God building us up, we are supposed to build up one another; help one another to grow in Jesus and life in general.
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. Romans 14:19
God also instructs us not to tear each other down. He tears down the barriers that need broken down and builds us up according to His plan. We should not undermine other Christians, family, friends, colleagues or anyone else. I guess its like my dad used to say, if you don’t have something good to say, don’t say anything.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. Ephesians 4:29
Too often I see or hear about people doing all they can to tear others down. I wish it wasn’t so, but I have done that as well. But, thank God, He has helped me with that (among a lot of other things.) People do this for a variety of reasons, but it seems a lot of the time it is done to others, not because the person needs broken down, whether that be spiritually or emotionally, but because the person doing the breaking feels powerful and like they are made better by tearing down another. I pray for those being attacked and for the attacker, the attacked needs strength to face the attacks and the attacker needs to know God.
Lord, I praise You and thank You for tearing me down to build me back up and to make me a new creature. I pray in the name of Jesus that I only build up others and help them to be better persons and better Christians. I pray for those who are being belittled, shamed, mistreated whether it be physically or emotionally or are being attacked and torn down: spiritually, emotionally, physically or in any other way. I pray that You will help strengthen them and show them Your love and mercy, teach them that they are more than the attacker wants them to think they are and to give them the courage to do what they need to do to be away from such circumstances. Bring to those people the help they need to do what is right for themselves and for You. Work in the hearts of the attackers that they stop their ways.
I hope everyone is having a good day and that you are blessed somehow today. Please, be a blessing to others as well.