13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14 Do everything in love.
1 Cor 16:13-14
What powerful words by Paul as he finishes his letter to the Corinthians. Here he lists 5 things which are pieces of powerful encouragement to the believer. Be on your guard against those that would seek to instill wrong teach, against spiritual forces and against the doubt filled, distracting and discouraging work of the devil. Stand firm in the faith that you received from Christ Jesus, build your house on the rock of God’s truth that no matter how hard the storm you will not be shaken. Be courageous in the face of fear, courage is not the absence of fear it is the action we take in spite of it. Be strong, and when you are weak rest in the strength of the one who holds you. And finally, do not let this world make you hard, but DO EVERYTHING in love. I love these two verses, it is a powerful reminder to every Christian about the reality we face but the way we can and must live in spite of the darkness around us.
Looking over these five pieces of encouragement, which one strikes you as most needed in your world today? Which is your greatest struggle? Spend some time asking God to help you and be your strength in your time of weakness.
Jesus, thankyou for the encouragement of your word. COntinue to breath new and fresh life into me for your glory!