Published on January 13th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
New Year Starters
Written by Dr. Jed N. Snyder:
It seems that days nearly “fly by!” It is already, as I write this, mid-January 2015. While resolutions are not the most productive procedures to guide us into the days ahead, thinking about some of the concerns mentioned the Bible will produce benefits. Here are some staccato-like phrases that are worth our consideration.
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
As we watch we must ask “what are we watching for?” The author, Paul, the Apostle, has written rather extensively about the return of the Lord. Maybe he is saying, “are you ready to meet Jesus Christ?” Perhaps he is also telling us to be watchful about what we believe and how we respond to circumstances around us. His next phrase “stand firm in the faith” supports this idea.
If we are to “stand firm in the faith,” we must know a good deal about what that faith means. If I place my faith in the Bible and in Jesus Christ of the Bible, these are likely what the phrase is about.
“Act like men” and “be strong” likely have similar meanings. A man is stronger than a child, so be a grownup. “Be strong” has many implications that we can consider. One is that we should not let evil gain control in our lives, or our homes, or our countries.
“Let all you do be done in love” cannot be completely followed without knowing what love is. My definition is this: “love is the desire for and active pursuit of that which is in the best interest of the one that I love.” Let’s try to look out for the other person. Do good for others.
Happy acting on these truths.