Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NLT
As Paul closes out his first letter to the church in Corinth, he reiterates these key points in summary. We are to pull up our bootstraps and live courageously through Jesus Christ in us. And most importantly, everything that we do is to be in love.
I would do well to test each action through the litmus test of love. If everything I do is with love, my actions will reflect the God I serve. And remember to stand fast in my faith courageously, on guard, and strong in the power of Jesus.
Lord, You are holy. All your ways are just. Your ways are so much higher than my ways, and your thoughts greater than my thoughts. Doing everything with love does not come naturally for me, so thank you for teaching me and living in me, that I may reflect the love You have called me to. May these verses characterize my life. Amen.