“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” (Romans 15:7)
Acceptance. Encouragement. Building up. Not fault-finding. Not tearing down. Not letting hurting ones fend for themselves. God’s geese have it right, and we can learn so much from them.
Are We Wreckers or Builders?
I watched them tearing a building down,
A gang of men in a busy town.
With a ho-heave-ho and lusty yell,
They swung a beam and a sidewall fell.
I asked the foreman, “Are these men skilled,
As the men you’d hire if you had to build?”
He gave me a laugh and said, “No indeed!
Just common labor is all I need.
I can easily wreck in a day or two
What builders have taken a year to do.”
And I tho’t to myself as I went my way,
Which of these two roles have I tried to play?
Am I a builder who works with care,
Measuring life by the rule and square?
Am I shaping my deeds by a well-made plan,
Patiently doing the best I can?
Or am I a wrecker who walks the town,
Content with the labor of tearing down?