Emanna for 09/05/2019
Principles of Meeting: Building Up of Others
1 Corinthians 14:26 What then, brothers? Whenever you come together, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but only that which is good for building up... Words of Ministry
In 1 Corinthians 14 Paul told us that the basic principle of meeting is to build up others, not ourselves. Hence, we must consider others when we meet. It is not how much we say, but whether or not what we say builds up others. If you think your speaking will benefit others, you should speak. If you think your silence will benefit others, remain silent. Always try to take care of others; this is the basic principle of meeting together. If you do not care for others, the meeting will suffer whether you speak or remain quiet. Your speaking must be for the benefit of the meeting, and your silence must also be for the benefit of the meeting. Always seek the building up of others. In the meeting, please remember, "Let all things be done for building up." Everyone should come to the meeting with a goal in mind-he is there for others, not just for himself. We should never do anything that will stumble others. If your silence will stumble others, we should speak. If our speaking will stumble others, we should be silent. Whatever we do, it is for the purpose of building up others, not ourselves. When we are not for ourselves, we will end up being built up ourselves. But when we think only of ourselves, we will not receive any building up.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Messages for Building Up New Believers, pp. 183-185. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 11/24/99)