Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Immaturity to Destroy or The Maturity to Build


So many spiritual lessons keep popping up just by watching them.

We call Micaiah our little destroyer. At two-and-a-half yo, all he seems to know how to do is tear down and make as big a mess as possible. [I mean, if he builds anything, it is only because he has this strong desire itching him to quickly and madly destroy something!]

I was thinking about how the ability to build things comes with age because as they grow older they gain more maturity, self-restraint, and self-control... [For a visual, think of The Caterpillar Room and The Butterfly Room in Toy Story 3 ;)]

And then Galatians 5:15 came to mind:
But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another.
And I saw the link, both in word and deed.

It takes no maturity, self-restraint, or self-control to destroy and tear down another person, to ruin a relationship.

But, it does require maturity, self-restraint, and self-control to build another person up and build a relationship. To encourage someone and make them stronger.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. ~ Ephesians 4:32