1 Thessalonians 5:11~ Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
Nearly every parent, kindergarten teacher, and day care worker has been in the situation where they are approached by a child with an absolutely horrendous work of art and asked the question, “Do you liiiiike it?!” Holding back an emphatic “No! It’s awful!” they rather reply, “It’s beautiful!” knowing that this is the appropriate response to such a representation of a house, parent, and or car.
Why do we do the things do not wish to the do? Maybe in this way, we are relating to Paul as he laments in Romans 5.
Or perhaps we have an innate feeling which tell us, “That is a child. Watch your mouth. That is the best that they can do, so encourage them.”
But as that child grows up and they begin to see the world in a more accurately light and develop perception, the drawings in art class get better and better. As they get get better however, the more they are scrutinized. If an older teenager draws an ugly pictures, they are are much more likely to be criticized than the cute-as-a-button kindergartener.
Much in the same way, we as Christians should be building up each other up. This means encouraging those who need encouraging and sharpening the axe of those who need to be sharpened. The word of God tells us that, “Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations” (Romans 14:1).
God is who makes us stand and by who which we should lean (Romans 14:4). Be fully persuaded in your own mind and bear with others who have another (Romans 14:5; Colossians 3:13). This is called grace.
Having grace with one another is a practice we all too often neglect, although we should all too rather remember.
Just like a child who draws ugly pictures. They will develop. Sometimes this just requires a little, “good job,” and a kind word of advice. When they grow and understand the fuller things of Christ, learn to share openly with them and push them in the right direction, but remember that only God and His Word can do a work in their heart.
1 Corinthians 13:12-13 ~ When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.