Think about life on a construction site; always building things up or tearing them down. Which one would you rather do? Each have their own benefit and purpose, but both do entirely two different things. When we think of an old ratty building that is beyond saving, the best thing to do is to tear it down and start over. This sounds fun when you get to take part of using a hammer, axe, saws, or even a jackhammer to dismantle a structure down to its foundation. What about the other alternative? Imagine having nothing but a vacant lot and you get to start fresh in building up the house or business of your dreams.
Looking from a construction standpoint, both serve a creative use and both are beneficial to getting the job done. When looking from a Christianity standpoint, tearing down should never be an option. Our goals should always be to build up…..no matter how ratty and crumbled down they appear, we are never to tear down. Think about the words you use when talking to others; how you say what you say, the word choice you use, and the manner in which you use them. All of these things matter when you are trying to build someone up. If done incorrectly, you can weaken the foundation of the structure and later on it can crash down like tons of bricks!!!
In James 3: 5-6, the Bible says that “The tongue is like a fire, able to burn a whole forest from a single spark.” Just imagine if you use a bunch of words the wrong way what it can burn down. We need to make sure when we are talking to people our words aren’t damaging to them. We want to be known as builders not demolitionist. If we have kindness in our hearts, kind words will come from our mouths but if we have a hardened heart, then our words will be hard.
Bro. Trent and Ms. Rebecca