But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 1 Corinthians 14:3
Everyday people all over the world people are speaking to each other. Some are encouraging others, while others are discouraging others. Many just talk about themselves, focusing only on themselves rather than the other person.
As people just talk about themselves and build themselves up, there comes a misunderstanding and lack of love. Division and separation occurs, causing many problems.
While talking about speaking in tongues and prophecies, Paul encourages giving prophecies for the strengthening, encouraging and comfort of others in the church.
In the same way as the world, there are many inside the church who like to be built up, but do not build others up. They are looking out for themselves, rather than for others.
God gives a person some revelation or word, either from His Spirit or from Bible, and the person keeps it completely to himself, rather than sharing it.
The things God gives a person is not to be hoarded to himself, but shared with others. Other people can benefit from the word God has given one person, if it is shared.
Speaking in tongues is in a heavenly language spoken directly to God and Him alone. Prophecies are spoken in the common language to other believers to build them up and encourage them.
Words of prophecy can be ones to encourage them to turn from sin, or to keep on the path that they are on, not just talking about the future. Either way it is to build them up in the Lord and in His word to each and every one.
As people are built up in the Lord, they can in turn build others up causing the church and God’s kingdom to grow.
If you take time to study God’s word and pray, God will give you words to speak to others to strengthen, encourage and comfort them. Many times these words can be prophecies from God.
Be willing to be used by God to help others out. He will give you the words to speak that they need to hear in the moment to encourage them to live more for God. Just as you build others up, God will in turn build you up directly and through others speaking His word into your life.
Are you building up or tearing down others?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hear God give you words to speak to others; that you will prophecy the words of God to others; that you will build others up in the Lord Jesus; and that God will build you up into the image of Jesus.
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. John 13:12
Understanding what other people are doing is something that does not commonly occur. Among people, misunderstanding happens more often than understanding.
All a person can see is the outward action, but are unable to see the true motive for the action. The actions are often misconstrued for the wrong reasons. Many will even take offense to actions done with the right heart or purpose.
While sitting and eating His last meal with the disciples, Jesus began to wash their feet. As He finished washing their feet, He asked them if they understood what He did for them.
During the biblical times people wore sandals and walked everywhere. Their feet would get extremely dirty. When they went into someone’s place, they would often be given some water to wash their feet. Each person would wash his own feet.
Instead of allowing the disciples to wash their own feet, Jesus washed their feet Himself. Not only had Jesus washed their feet, He also later paid for their sins, forgave them of their sins, did many healings, and gave each one life.
All these things were done for them and as an example to them. Believers are to put others before themselves. They are to humble themselves and serve others as they serve God, just as Jesus continues to serve.
This serving can come in washing feet, forgiving, giving a helping hand, teaching and many other ways. It is about loving the neighbor and the enemy as God loves them.
It will be a struggle for any believer to do any of these things, until he comes to a good understanding of what Jesus has done for him.
In the same way Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, He also has washed you clean of your sins. This was done in humility when He was dying upon the cross, cursed of His Father in heaven.
You are expected to be just like Jesus, humbling yourself to serve others as you serve God. Doing things for others is the same as doing it for God, but it takes putting others before yourself.
It takes understanding what He has done for you to do it for others.
Do you understand what He has done for you?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will understand what Jesus as done for you; that you will humble yourself to serve others as Jesus has served you; that you will know God’s love for you; and that you will have God’s love for others.