“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.” – I Corinthians 16:13-14
Paul’s exhortation to the church in Corinth is a great call for us still today. To walk victorious in Christ, we must be vigilant, stand firm in our faith, be strong and courageous, and in all things, let Love lead.
To be on our guard is to be diligently keeping watch. We need to be ever aware of our surroundings – physically, emotionally, and spiritually – and the impact that they are having on our soul. If we find ourselves in a space that seems to be sucking us into sin, we must seek His help to be removed from said space.
Standing firm in our faith is to stay true to our Savior, no matter what comes our way. When storms come, and they surely will, we must stay in the boat and trust our God to guide us through the storm, and return us to safe harbor once again.
To be people of courage, we are not to rely on our own resolve to face the giants, rather we are to take heart and trust in Him, for He is far greater than anything that might try to come against us.
Strength is not our physical stamina to survive life’s storms, but instead is the wisdom to yield our weaknesses to our Heavenly Warrior, so that He may supply the very strength we need in our space of weakness.
Doing everything in love requires us to first be willing to receive His love. To truly love, we must trust the truth of His great love for us. Out of our hearts will flow that which we truly know. We are equipped and empowered to love, as we come to know and allow His love to cleanse, renew and fill our hearts so that the overflow is an outpouring of His love through us.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your word is true and relevant to teach us how to live and love in You and through You. Forgive us for taking Your grace for granted, and teach us to live in love. May we be ever watchful as we stand firm in our faith in You. Equip us to be people of courage who will stand strong in You, regardless of the storms. Let our every word, thought and deed be laced in Your love, so that others too, might come to know and receive all that You have to offer. Amen.