PREVENTING EROSION IN OTHERS
One of the best ways to help others in the Body of Christ to prevent spiritual erosion is to follow Paul’s prevention method – strengthen and establish! “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Even as to those in the church who might be considered “weak”, Paul says, “To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22). And “Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant?” (2 Corinthians 11:29). He felt no shame in coming alongside persons who were weak in their relationship with the Lord, because he wanted to strengthen them so they would “stand firm” (1 Corinthians 16:13).
Another emphasis Paul made in his ministry was teaching the church to building up one another. This is essential to the proper functioning of the Body of Christ. Twelve times in Paul’s letters, he exhorts the church to build up one another. One example is: “So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.” (1 Corinthians 14:12). There is no better investment you can make in others than to build them up with God’s Word, prayer and spending time encouraging them; as Paul said, “we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith” (2 Corinthians 1:24).
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