From my reading in 1 Corinthians 16 in the One Year Bible New Testament.
The Apostle Paul gives us some helpful practices for dealing with whatever life throws at you.
“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.” 1 Cor 16:13-14
Be on guard.
As believers we are to watch out for what the devil throws at us. There is an under talked about theme that runs through the new testament about watchfulness. We are to be on guard and ready for when Jesus returns.
This implies a sense of urgency and soberness in our lives. I don’t mean that we can’t enjoy our lives, but it does mean that we must not fritter away our lives with wasteful things and be ready for when Jesus comes back.
Stand firm in the faith.
There will be trials in our faith. We are told to stand firm in these battles. Our faith will help us wether the storms of life and be able to stand tall.
The literal translation of this phrase is “be men.” Men are supposed to be courageous. This command was given to men and women. This means that courage is not just for men. We all need courage to accomplish the things God wants us to do in our lives.
We are to be strong. As believers our strength does not come from ourselves, but our trust in a God who has unlimited strength.
And do everything with love.
Everything we do should be done in a loving way. Love should me our motivation and method for everything.
Which of these practices do you need to apply to your life today?
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