Do Everything in Love [1 Corinthians 16:13 Daily Devotional]
Paul, the author of this letter to the church in Corinth, is listing characteristics that the New Covenant Church should strive to embody. That list ultimately ends in doing “everything in love.”
Being on guard here means always being aware of who or what is influencing you. Be careful what you let near you because it can impact you more easily than you think. That means you need to stand firm in your faith. There’s a saying that says something like, “Don’t doubt in the dark what God told you in the light.” We’re going to walk through troubles, but you can trust and stand firm in Jesus. Those troubles require courage and strength to walk through, and we get that courage and strength from Jesus himself. And we can do all of that by doing what the next verse commands.
Do Everything in Love
To do this would mean that you don’t only just do the things that Paul mentions in verse 13, but that you would go out and serve the people around you. Serving others shows that you value them above your own time and comfort, which is really what Jesus calls us to do. Yes, “be on your guard” from spirits and people who seek to bring you down; yes, “stand firm” and “be courageous” and strong. But more than all of that, I pray that you would love others well and serve them as Jesus loved and served you.
Jesus, thank you for all you’ve done for me. Help me to fully embrace the message of this verse and love and serve people well. Give me the strength I need to stay on guard, stand firm, be courageous, and be strong. It’s in your name I pray, amen.
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