Monday 1 February, 2021

1 Corinthians 16:13-24

13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14 Do everything in love. 15 You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the Lord’s people. I urge you, brothers and sisters, 16 to submit to such people and to everyone who joins in the work and labors at it. 17 I was glad when Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus arrived, because they have supplied what was lacking from you. 18 For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition. 19 The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house. 20 All the brothers and sisters here send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. 21 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. 22 If anyone does not love the Lord, let that person be cursed! Come, Lord! 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. 24 My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.

And now we come to the end of Pauls letter to the church in Corinth. And last words are always important. It’s quite a long letter, and easy to forget some of the things that Paul wrote, so remember this: Be on guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous AND do everything with love.

That last part, really summarises everything that Paul wrote in this letter, do everything in love.

How? Love as Christ loved you. 

Why? Love because Christ loved you.

If you read this in the morning, or at night, look at the day ahead, and do everything in love. Simple. Don’t make it complicated, Keep it simple ….

Father I thank you for the perfect example of Christ, who loved us so much, that he died for us long before we even knew him. His love for you, and for us motivated him, so also let our love for you and others motivate us today.

Written by Andrew Martin

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