Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, May 6th, 2018
Love... Is Edifying
Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.
1 Corinthians 8:1 (NKJV)
From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Ephesians 4:16 (NIV)
To edify is to uplift. What better way to love than to uplift? Especially when someone is down... socially, physically, financially, spiritually or professionally?

Social uplifting? Befriend outsiders, outcasts and the disadvantaged. Stand against all forms of bullying discrimination.

Physical uplifting? Help the helpless. Visit the sick. Give a hug. Change a tire. Mow a lawn. Cook a meal. Host the lonely.

Financial uplifting? Give and share the bounty God gave you. He loves to share. Warning: Give privately. No show and tell.

Spiritual uplifting? Certainly, pray and help your kin in Christ. But don't forget your commission as ambassadors for Christ in the world.

Professional uplifting? If you're a boss, give newcomers a chance to rise. If you're an employee, be the light at work every day.

Knowledge stands on a pedestal. Love lifts others up.*

Therefore we love.

## Love Series: Love Is Edifying (Part 37)

* Regarding our speech habits: '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, KJV).

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Love series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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