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And Jesus informed Peter that Satan had asked to make him redundant for the ministry, but that He had interceded for him, and that when he (Peter) stands firmly, he should remember to strengthen others in the ministry with him also (Luke 22:32). Jesus asked Peter not to forget to edify and strengthen his fellow-laborers.
Edifying means to improve someone’s moral and spiritual knowledge, while strengthening means to make someone stronger or more resolute (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary).
Loving others entails giving of our time and resources so they can be better equipped to face life’s challenges. This could mean teaching, encouraging, supporting, giving, or empowering others.
In other words, instructing others through scripture, giving to their physical needs, teaching them life skills that would position them for better jobs or responsibilities, and verbally motivating them are ways we can edify, strengthen, and prepare others to fulfill their potential and become better human beings.
Deborah strengthened Barak (Judges 4:6-9), Elijah empowered Elisha (1 Kings 19:16, 19-21), our Lord Jesus edified and strengthened His disciples (John 15:15-17), and Apostle Paul advised and strengthened Timothy (1 Tim 4:12-16). The greatest gift we can give others is hope in God, and in them.
Motivating others to see the gem within, overcome their challenges, and climb to greater heights can be achieved by edifying and strengthening them, just as Jesus did with His disciples.
Lesson of the Week
1. Pray for others (1Timothy 2:1).
2. Extol the strengths of others; celebrate their successes (Romans 12:15-17).
3. Teach and correct others in humility and without judging them (Matthew 7:1-5).
Upholding others spiritually and physically is most effectively done through praying for them!
Changing situations in the spirit often precedes visible physical change. As you edify others spiritually, you can physically lend a hand by pointing out their strong points and celebrating their successes. In so doing, you are empowering them to climb higher in their endeavors.
You are helping them see who they really are in the Lord; champions and overcomers!
Sometimes we have the task to correct others; this should be done with love, tact, humility, and respect.
Jesus fore-warned Peter about denying Him thrice so Peter would not be inconsolable when it occurred. Our God knows we are fallible, but wants us to accept our failures and use them as springboards to lasting victory. We need to communicate this fact to others who struggle; we edify and strengthen others when we let them know that though we lost a battle, we can still win the war!!
This week I ask you to pray for others, extol them, and humbly correct them if necessary.
May the Lord Jesus acknowledge you as a faithful steward, and bless you abundantly.
Grace and Peace.
Weekly Nugget: “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren”. (Luke 22:32; KJV).
Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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