-fied; -fy•ing [Middle English, from Anglo-French edifier, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin aedificare to instruct or improve spiritually, from Latin, to erect a house, from aedes temple, house; akin to Old English ād funeral pyre, Latin aestas summer] 14th century
2: to instruct and improve especially in moral and religious knowledge: UPLIFT also: ENLIGHTEN, INFORM
Communities are living organisms and must be treated as such.
Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts
Love: emotional, active, self-sacrificing love for one another.
The members of a Church are:
There is no formula.
Church Members should desire spiritual gifts.
The only way we can truly edify one another is through the work and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
So, if a Christian is truly concerned about building up the Body of Christ he will pray for and seek:
and above all that you may prophesy.
The Corinthian Church had a bunch of self serving members.
They were more concerned with:
Paul wants them to give up all of that.
Paul wants them to "pursue love".
Paul sees the best way of doing that as prophesying.
Apparently, the Corinthians put great stock in the gift of tongues.
2 For the person who speaks in another language is not speaking to men but to God, since no one understands him; however, he speaks mysteries in the Spirit.