Do Everything In Love

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.  Do everything in love. — 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NIV)

Paul, in his concluding remarks to the Corinthians in his first letter, gives short, simple commands.

  • Be on your guard
  • Stand firm in the faith
  • Be men of courage
  • Be strong
  • Do everything in love

He sums things up so well and succinctly.  This is part of what it means to be a Christian.  “Be on your guard against false doctrine and teachings.”  “Stand firm in the faith until Christ returns.  No matter what happens, stay faithful until death!”  “Be courageous for God is with you.  Do not let any opportunity to testify to Christ’s death and resurrection pass you by.”  “Be strong in the Lord.  Do not mistake meekness for weakness.”  “Do everything in love.  Remember what I just wrote to you: ‘the greatest of these is love.'”

I want to focus for a moment on the verse 14 — “Do everything in love.”  This is a great way to check our thoughts, words and deeds.  “Am I able to do, say or think this in love?  Will these thoughts, words or actions demonstrate love for others or love for God?  Will God be revealed in this?”  Can you lovingly flip that guy off in traffic?  Can you, in love, complain about or joke about your spouse to your co-workers or friends?  Can you, in love, cheat your company out of 10 extra minutes on your break?  Can you lovingly walk out on your family?  We are called to “do everything in love”.  Let us take 2 seconds to ask ourselves this question today: “Will this demonstrate the love of Christ?”  If not, DON’T DO IT!  If it will, then by all means, proceed.


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