Many believers are well acquainted with the principle of biblical edification. When we think of edification, we begin to ponder on those things that build up our souls, thoughts that impart positive incentive for the maturation of the saints. There is also contained in the Scriptures, along with the command to “edify” one another, the principle of “admonishing one another” (2).
What does it mean to admonish one another? The word, as defined, indicates the idea of gentle or friendly reproof and counsel or warning against fault or oversight. The word “admonish” in the New Testament Greek language is noutheteo, which is simply interpreted, “to put or place in the mind”. It speaks of believers imparting instruction and warning to one another. Proverbs 27:5 says that “open rebuke is better than secret love.” Many times, we have only developed a capacity for those messengers who “always build us up.” But if we are to be well-trained Christians, then we must be as willing to receive words of admonition as words of education. “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth” (Proverbs 3:11-12).