“Be on your guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous, be strong. And do everything with love.” (I Corinthians 16:13 NLT).
READ: Joshua 1:1-10
Be on your guard. Think of the guards at Buckingham Palace. They are focused and standing at attention. Nothing seems to distract them. Certainly we don’t need to stand stiff and expressionless at the door of our homes, but we do need the same undistracted focus to protect what’s inside.
Stand firm in the faith. Someone once said, “If you stand for nothing you will fall for anything.” We have to know what we believe and never budge from it.
Be courageous. Courage is not for the faint hearted. It is normal to be afraid; even when we put up a strong face; the bravest of us are often nervous inside.
Be strong. Following Jesus will take you up and down some steep inclines. Spiritual, emotional, and physical strength is essential for the spiritual journey.
Do everything in love. Remember love is patient and kind. It is not proud, rude, self-seeking, or easily angered. It does not keep a record of wrongs. It always protects, trusts, and perseveres. Love never fails. The strongest and most courageous of all is that man who lives a life founded on love. He will dare anything for love’s sake. Ask Jesus, He will explain better.
Lord I thank You for the knowledge in Your word that gives me courage. I stand firm in that word that gives me strength, in Jesus name. Amen.
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”
– Reinhold Niebuhr.