Look at this interesting passage from Scripture:
Don't you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? God will bring ruin upon anyone who ruins this temple. For God's temple is holy, and you Christians are that temple (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).
Wow! Those are tough words. "God will bring ruin upon anyone ..."
Let's become builders!
In this case, he's not talking about you personally being God's temple, but about you plural — you Christians
, God's people, His church, being the temple — and he is warning about the thoughtless and harmful destruction of a community of people by selfishness, gossip, fussing, and just insisting on your own way.
God's people are sacred! When somebody comes in to criticize and complain and stir up controversies, it's serious business. It's a big time sin. The church — each of us — is warned to be careful about those people who tear down. Even though it does seem to come more naturally to criticize and tear down, don't do it!
Instead, let's become builders — people who cooperate, encourage, and build up. When you care for His church — God's family, God's holy temple — you're going to bless countless others and God is going to richly bless you!
About the Author
Dr. Faulkner was the very first person of note and influence who shared his content with us at HEARTLIGHT.org
beginning in 1996.
Paul Faulkner taught on the Abilene Christian University campus full-time for 35 years. He was honored in 1982 as the university’s Teacher of the Year. He has written several books and was a much sought-after speaker and seminar leader along with his Marriage Enrichment partner, Dr. Carl Brecheen. Dr. Faulkner mentored many ministers and church leaders, shared his loving homespun humor and wisdom through many channels, and endeared himself to thousands. Our dear friend and mentor went to be with the Lord in 2022, but his legacy lives on in the lives of those he touched and made better.
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