I just had to post this link to what I thought was an incredible & often untalked about topic. Click here:
Edification as Worship
I found myself saying amen amen amen! It's so true.
You can't have one of the greatest 2 commandments without the other! Love God AND love each other!
There are many forms of edification I guess..... but because I'm a words person I focused on the words pieces in that post. I love that I am worshipping God when I encourage & love on others. When we relate with patience, when we protect each other, present truth with grace to each other, uplift each other, and believe in God's Spirit at work in each other.... we are worshipping Him! That's so cool to me how it all is so connected.
We need to recognize this so much more in the church! We need more encouragement, more love for each other....THAT is how others will know we are His. We can't just be God-focused and not others-focused. When you love on the Body, you love Him.
As a Body, we are different, unique, and not in agreement on everything. We have different backgrounds & opinions, we are on different parts of the journey all with our own unique struggles..... BUT when we bring that all together & get unified in Love for Him and each other - we are unstoppable. When we use our own unique gifts to serve each other - we are worshipping Him! People will see we are not of this world. We will bring out the best in each other and become the beautiful Bride Jesus deserves.