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Pursue Edification

Ponder: How can I build you up in Christ?
Scripture: “Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace, and the things by which one may edify another” (Romans 14:19, NKJV).
Just as an “edifice” is a building, to “edify” means to build up. Paul told the Christians at Rome to pursue (follow after, chase) the things by which to edify each other. Specifically what things would those be?

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Brand Marks Of Jesus

“From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus”
(Gal 6:17 NAS).
Paul was constantly attacked physically by his opponents, and also many tried to discredit him as an apostle. None of this unsettled Paul. He took whatever the world threw at him “to fill up that which is lacking in Christ’s afflictions (Col. 1:24). He looked at his scares as brand-marks of Jesus.

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An All Seeing Eye

“The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek after God” (Psalm 14:2).
When I was much younger, we sang a song titled “There’s An All-Seeing Eye Watching You.” The words of the song frightened me. I thought God was watching me every second, ready to punish me if I did anything amiss. I should have thought that maybe God was watching to see if I did anything good or if I need help.

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