Final Instructions (Part IV)
Do Everything in Love.
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. (1 Corinthians 16:13-14 ESV)
The final part of our series exploring Paul’s final instructions to the church in Corinth covers verse 14: “Let all that you do be done in love.” Love changes everything. When you look at how Jesus changed the world, it can be boiled down to how He loved.
“‘So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.’” (John 13:34-35)
“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” (1 John 4:7-10)
“Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.” (2 John 1:6)
How we love identifies us as God’s children. Love was undoubtedly a noticeable and identifying factor of Jesus as God’s Son, as well. His love led to compassion for the woman caught in adultery; His love gave way to healing and teaching; and, of course, the ultimate expression of love: Jesus taking the cross in our place.
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)
Jesus set the standard of how and who we are to love, and as His followers we are called to love as Jesus loved. The love that Jesus has shown us should overflow to those in our lives. Identify yourself as God’s child by how you love others and let all that you do be done in love.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.