1 Corinthians 16

Read 1 Corinthians 16.

What’s love got to do with it? Well, everything. As Paul lays down his final instructions to the believers before closing his letter, he strings together a list of exhortations that conclude with this one:  “Let all that you do be done in love.” In other words, Paul is reminding us of 1 Corinthians 13, that anything done apart from love isn’t worth doing at all. Our struggle is that we live in a world that tells us we have to choose love OR the other things Paul tells us are important–standing firm, acting like men, and being strong. Some would argue that the harsh realities of our world sometimes require us to choose strength over love, and as a result, they wind up justifying words and actions that are not loving at all. Let’s be careful to avoid that trap and to remember the way to which we’ve been called, truly letting all that we do be done in love. Let’s be willing to measure each word, each action, against this simple standard:  is it loving?

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