As we continue through Paul’s epistles, we come to the epistles to the Corinthians. Paul has a lot to say to the Corinthians. They are a church of faith, but they seem to need a lot of correction. Towards the end of the epistle, Paul switches from correction to exhortation and leaves them with this one.
1 Corinthians 16:13–14 (NKJV) — 13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.
Paul writes that we should do 5 things as we wait for the Lord. The first is to watch. We are to watch for the Lord’s return. This doesn’t mean to stand outside staring up at the sky waiting for Jesus. It means to be always expectant of His return. We should live our life as if any moment Jesus is going to call us up.
The second is to stand fast in the faith. The only way to stand fast is to stand on solid ground. Jesus says He is that solid ground. He is the rock we should build upon. Then, no matter what comes, we will stand fast. We then will not let anyone move us from the faith. If our belief and faith is in Jesus Christ, we cannot be moved.
The third is to be brave. Paul was writing to people who were literally being persecuted, even unto death. It’s hard to think about having to be brave as a christian in the United States. We generally don’t have persecution here. Yet, we still have to be brave. We can’t be afraid of the culture and the world and let it change us. If you want to be the little amount of brave needed here, just think of those people who are losing their lives today because of their Fatih. It makes our trials not look so bad and we can pray for bravery.
The fourth is to be strong. Paul writes in other places (Eph. 3:16, 6:10, Col. 1:1) that we are to be strong in the strength of God. This strength comes from the Holy Spirit. We are to be strong and stand in the face of persecution, temptation, and trials with Joy.
The fifth is the most important. It is a theme that runs through scripture. Let all that you do be done with love. I find this to be the hardest one to do. We really confuse the notion of love. We try to apply all kinds of hypocritical definitions to love. I think love comes down to this: no matter what someone is doing, no matter what someone is saying, no matter what someone does to you, you are to speak well of them, speak kindly to them, give to them, bless them, pray for them, and do for them all manner of things that you would normally do for yourself.
1 Peter 4:8 (NKJV) — 8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – Ephesians 4-6
- Day 2 – Philippians 1-4
- Day 3 – Colossians 1-4
- Day 4 – 1 Thessalonians 1-5
- Day 5 – 2 Thessalonians 1-3
- Day 6 – 1 Timothy 1-6
- Day 7 – 2 Timothy 1-4