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Build Up, Don't Tear Down

A great architect builds great things.
What type of person are you?

Are you a builder?

Or a wrecker?

All of us should be the former, the builder, when it comes to using our gifts to edify people. Edify means to "teach (someone) in a way that improves the mind or character."1

We are the architects of our tongue. That means we have to watch how we use it. If we're not using it to build people up and encourage them, then it should stay sealed inside our mouths. Another reason it's wise to have a closed mouth is because when we guard our mouth, we preserve our life. But when we open our mouth to slander another, we come to ruin2. In other words, we can really mess ourselves up by lying, gossiping, and tearing others down.

All of us should have something God has blessed up with that helps people instead of tear them down. There is something amazing about all of us that people can benefit from. Why not concentrate on using those things to build up people? It really bothers me when a person belittles a person just to make themselves appear bigger. I know I have my challenges and I have even communicated them to you in this blog. You know my struggles. Yet one of my pet peeves is when someone is slammed by lies and deception only to make the "slammer" feel better about herself or himself. And it bothers me even more when those lies are believed. But this is what I know. God is a God of redemption. That's why He's the Great Redeemer. And when we take things to Him, He will straighten out the crooked edges. 

That's why prayer works. 

Prayer is not overrated. If you are a child of God, He will hear your prayers. I'm telling you, I'm a witness. And if you're not a child of God, it's never too late to take your matters to Him if and when someone is doing you dirty. He wants all of us to come as we are and He wraps His arms around us as He welcomes us. Trust, you will feel His warmth. He will show you who He is.

So which one are you? The builder or the wrecker?  If you're the builder, keep building and pray for the strength to remain strong. If you're the wrecker, your tongue is hurting others and that's not the way God would have it. Pray for the strength to become a builder.

The Lord will hear us when we humbly come to Him. We all need Him.

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2. Proverbs 13:3


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