10 I laid a foundation like a wise master builder according to God’s grace that was given to me, but someone else is building on top of it. Each person needs to pay attention to the way they build on it. 11 No one can lay any other foundation besides the one that is already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 So, whether someone builds on top of the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, grass, or hay, 13 each one’s work will be clearly shown. The day will make it clear, because it will be revealed with fire—the fire will test the quality of each one’s work. 14 If anyone’s work survives, they’ll get a reward. 15 But if anyone’s work goes up in flames, they’ll lose it. However, they themselves will be saved as if they had gone through a fire. 16 Don’t you know that you are God’s temple and God’s Spirit lives in you? 17 If someone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person, because God’s temple is holy, which is what you are. 18 Don’t fool yourself. If some of you think they are worldly-wise, then they should become foolish so that they can become wise. 19 This world’s wisdom is foolishness to God. As it’s written, He catches the wise in their cleverness. 20 And also, The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are silly. 21 So then, no one should brag about human beings. Everything belongs to you— 22 Paul, Apollos, Cephas, the world, life, death, things in the present, things in the future—everything belongs to you, 23 but you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God. (1 Corinthians 3:10-23, CEB)
Did you not know that you are God’s temple and the Spirit lives in you? Meaning all of us are God’s temple and the Spirit of God lives in all of us. So when you destroy God’s temple, God will destroy you.
How does one destroy? Physical destruction of that temple would be to kill, but there are ways to to destroy that are not physical.
We need to head our words and actions towards others. When we mock, make fun of, slander, or otherwise insult others, we are destroying them. And this is not looked upon with favor by God.
Protect your temple and the temple of those around you by loving as God does.
Love People, Love God.