“Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” (NASB)
STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS
“Therefore encourage (parakaleo: comfort, exhort, desire, instruct, teach, admonish, strengthen) one another and build up (oikodomeo or oikodomos: edify, embolden, restore, rebuild, establish; promote growth in affection, grace, virtue and holiness) one another, just as you also are doing.”
Therefore encourage, exhort, comfort, instruct, teach and strengthen one another. Also, edify, restore and establish one another, promoting growth in grace and holiness, just as you also are doing.
While I am fully convinced that one must primarily rely on the LORD as their Source and Teacher, without question, we are in need of others to encourage and edify us (as well as to edify and encourage them). Whether you’re independent, reclusive, quiet, reserved or well, whatever – be sure to attempt to surround yourself with others who can exemplify the Body. I know it is not easy. In fact it is nearly impossible at times to walk arm in arm with true biblical Believers. Nonetheless, look around you and ask the LORD to place you where He desires you to be. Also, be careful not to overlook your spouse or family. My greatest encourager and “builder-upper” is my own wife. Today, let’s truly desire to learn to be the Body as God intended.