A Clay Jar

Encouraging, comforting, and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory. (1 Thess. 2:12 NIV)

Do Everything in Love

1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Published on:

Last Updated on:

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NIV

The first part of this passage is filled with admonitions of a military nature. We are engaged in spiritual warfare (Eph. 6:10-20), although oftentimes we seem unaware of it. Paul tells us to be on guard, being alert for the enemy’s attacks. Stand firm in the faith, let nothing move you from the ground we hold. Be courageous, the enemy is strong but God’s armor is more than adequate. Be strong, don’t run away from the conflict but face it head-on. These instructions could easily be coming from a squad leader as the unit prepares for engagement with its enemy.

The second part of this passage is equally important. Do everything in love. In love: be on your guard; stand firm; be courageous; be strong. Everything we do, including spiritual warfare, should be done in love. Without love, we are nothing (1 Cor. 13:1-3).

It is tempting to focus on one side of this equation or the other. Fighting against the spiritual darkness in our world, or demonstrating the love of God in all we do. Yet both are necessary. Be faithful to engage our culture, and do so in love. Do everything in love!

Additional Related Posts

If you have found value in this post, please consider sharing it with your friends.

Subscribe to A Clay Jar

If you have found value in this post, please consider subscribing to A Clay Jar so that you don't miss any other posts. 

Ed Jarrett

Just an old clay jar that God continues to see fit to use in his kingdom's work. I am retired, married with 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. I have followed Jesus for many years. And I love to share what He has given me from His word.

A Note to Readers

The views expressed here are solely mine and do not necessarily reflect those of any other person, group, or organization. While I believe they reflect the teachings of the Bible, I am a fallible human and subject to misunderstanding. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions about this post in the comments section below. I am always interested in your feedback.

Leave a Comment