It’s easy for us Christians to say good things about our co-workers because we are endowed with the spirit of edification. We prefer to build others up rather than tear them down—this is our nature in Jesus Christ.
Paul is referring to the spirit of edification in 2 Corinthians 10:8 when he says: “For even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up rather than pulling you down, I will not be ashamed of it.”
In this verse, Paul is telling the church that the purpose of his influence over them is “for building you up rather than pulling you down.” The NKJV translates Paul’s words as “for edification and not for your destruction.”
When it comes to other people, we Christians do construction and not destruction.
In Matthew 22:39 Jesus says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Your neighbor is every person who is close by whether a believer or non-believer, and this includes all the people at your place of employment.
To love a co-worker is to wish them well. This type of love is moral and fruit-bearing—it’s a sincere expression of good will toward others.
Consider the following verses:
Romans 15:2: “Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.”
Galatians 6:10: “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people.”
Ephesians 4:29: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Note the words of edification in these verses: “for his good … build him up … let us do good to all people … benefit those who listen.” Affirm what is good in your employer and co-worker, and support what is right and productive. This is the spirit of Christian edification, and it is part of your witness in the workplace.
The office critic pushes people down, but the edifying Christian lifts them up. Edification brings out the best in others. It fosters teamwork and a higher level of personal performance.
Biblical edification is not flattery which is praise in order to get something. The Bible associates flattery with self-serving insincerity and deviousness. Edify but don’t flatter—there is a difference between the two. Psalm 12:3 says, “May the Lord cut off all flattering lips.”
Most of your co-workers are doing a good job, working hard, and planning for a bright future. When you edify them you are recognizing their worth without regard to pay scale or position. Your edification helps them become the person God wants them to be.
Romans 14:19 says, “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”
Do construction, not destruction. Speak to the good in others.