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Living Life

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  • February 2018
2018. 2. 12 | Do Everything in Love (1 Corinthians 16:13~24)         Speakers Daniel Park

13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.
14 Do everything in love.
15 You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints. I urge you, brothers,
16 to submit to such as these and to everyone who joins in the work, and labors at it.
17 I was glad when Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus arrived, because they have supplied what was lacking from you.
18 For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition.
19 The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house.
20 All the brothers here send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
21 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand.
22 If anyone does not love the Lord -- a curse be on him. Come, O Lord!
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.
24 My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.

 

 

Reflection

Committed to the Lord’s Work (16:13–18)

The Corinthian believers are exhorted to stand firm in the Lord and do everything in love. Paul singles out some of those who have exemplified this kind of attitude, such as those in the household of Stephanas, who devoted themselves to the service of the Lord’s people. The Bible repeatedly reminds us to encourage, respect, and emulate those who walk in exemplary service to the Lord because all believers have been gifted and called to be a blessing to the body of Christ. Opportunities to bless others may come disguised as responsibilities or even inconveniences. But when we consider ourselves servants of our Lord Jesus Christ, we can seize every moment for God’s glory.

 

Who in your church community exemplifies selfless service? Take time to encourage some of them this week.

 

Christian Fellowship (16:19–24)

This is a list of personal greetings from the people who are close to Paul and the Corinthians. It is possible that some of these people have never met the Corinthian believers, but there is still a strong connection between them because of the love of Christ and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. For the church of Corinth, which is plagued with division, it is important to end the letter by focusing on the unity and love made possible by Jesus Christ. Many of our churches identify with the Corinthian church not only in its flaws and struggles but also in the reality that we are a work in progress while still being a church of Jesus Christ.

 

How can you foster more unity with other believers outside your local church?

 

A letter to God 

Lord Jesus, thank you for the privilege of being a part of Your church. May I use the gifts You have given me to serve others faithfully for their good and for Your glory. In Your name I pray. Amen.

 

 

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