2 Corinthians 13:10 (KJV)
Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.
There is a power that comes with the call to preach, a power of persuasion, rhetoric and influence. Not all preachers have this power to the same degree or over the same number of people but we all possess it. A preacher is wise to recognize it and to handle the power carefully.
Paul classifies the power into just two groups:
- The power to edification
- The power to destruction
He does not say a preacher must always use the power to edification. There is an appropriate time to pull down and destroy. However he does indicate a desire to edify rather than destroy. I have met some preachers whose whole ministry is focused on destruction. Every message is meant to condemn intimidate cast down and tear up.
A wiser course would be to plow up only so you can plant, water, nurture and grow.
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2 Corinthians 13:10 A Wiser Course of Preaching
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