“Do everything with love.”1 Corinthians 16:14
Paul wrote these words as part of his final instructions in his first letter to the church in Corinth.
The Greek word for love in this verse is “agape” . . . love that is:
Unconcerned with the self and concerned with the greatest good of another. Agape isn’t born just out of emotions, feelings, familiarity, or attraction, but from the will and as a choice. Agape requires faithfulness, commitment, and sacrifice without expecting anything in return. (Christianity.com)
That’s hard, isn’t it? In fact, if we’re being honest . . . doing everything with agape love is impossible.
I believe that’s the reason Paul wrote the following first:
Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.1 Corinthians 16:13
You and I can’t love unselfishly if we are unaware of the spiritual battles going on around us.
We need to KNOW the truth of God’s Word, so we can “be on guard” because the enemy is constantly working trying to divide us from the Lord and from each other through pride and selfishness.
We need to TRUST His Word, so we can be “firm in the faith” to identify the enemy’s lies.
And we need to surrender ourselves to God’s LOVE allowing Him to make us “courageous” and “strong” so we won’t give in to those tempting lies.
It’s easy for me to get caught up in the moment, to listen to the loudest most demanding voices, and give in to the largest crowd. That’s why I need to remain in God’s Word every single day.
As I read the Life Application Bible Notes about 1 Corinthians, I realized the circumstances Paul was addressing were not all that different from what you and I are facing today.
The Notes added:
Paul had received reports that the Corinthian church was dealing with jealousy, divisiveness, sexual immorality, and misconceptions about marriage. So, he wrote to help believers know how to live in a corrupt society.
If we want to know how to live in God’s will today…
We need the Spirit’s help to trust and follow God’s will for us to:
Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.
God does not change.
“I am the Lord, and I do not change.”Malachi 3:6
His will never changes.
The counsel of the Lord stands forever,Psalm 33:11
The thoughts and plans of His heart through all generations.
His Word lasts forever.
The word of the Lord remains forever.1 Peter 1:25
He loves perfectly and He wants His people to love perfectly . . . with agape love in ways that give Him glory.
A Prayer to Glorify God by Living with Agape Love
Father, Your Word promises that Your love is unfailing and everlasting. You are love and You love perfectly.
Jesus has shown us Your love. He told those who trust and follow Him to “love one another as I have loved you.” (John 13:34) I know You want me to love the way Jesus loves. You want me to show people His love and Yours. But I fall short every day. Even when I want to love well my pride, selfishness, stubbornness, and foolishness get in the way. I am so sorry. Please forgive me.
Please fill me with Your love until it overflows onto the people around me. Please fill me with faith that I might recognize the enemy’s lies. As I turn to Your Word, guide me by the power of Your Spirit grounded on a firm foundation of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Please make me strong and courageous to stand against the things that tempt me and keep me from loving as You desire.
Father, please give me everything I need to live today with agape love that I might glorify You in all I do. I ask all this in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus. Amen.
I’m praying that Your day is filled with faith, courage, strength, and love.
God bless you!
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