Paul pens in 1 Corinthians 10 that “the Lord gave us authority for building you up, not tearing you down.” Those who are leaders in the church must always seek to build up the folks God has placed under their care. It is all too easy for leaders to tear down those whom they have authority over if they communicate with a spirit of harshness and criticism.
Just as in the church, so it is in the home. Husbands should seek to build up their wives, not tear them down. Parents in the same way should seek to build up their children and not unnecessarily make them angry or frustrated. Children should also be taught to have that same spirit of building up their siblings and not use harsh words which tear them down.
We live in a society that in these Last Days is increasingly wicked and where tearing down and finding fault with others is becoming the acceptable norm. Our church and our families can shine brightly for Jesus if we always seek to build others up.