Words from the Heart for Sunday February 23rd, 2020
Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (RSV)
All Done in Love
In an online article about why there is so much to love about Canada, one writer says this: New arrivals to Vancouver not only bring their culture but also their amazing food! Throughout the city, you can find authentic Japanese food, Mongolian food, Turkish food, Indian food, Malaysian food, and much more. Food from your home country makes a big difference in making you feel welcome; it also helps a lot with homesickness!
Someone who truly loves the Lord Jesus, and who is committed to following Him daily, is serious in their faith and desire to know Him through His Word the Bible and to spend time daily in conversation with Him through prayer. We understand the walk of faith and desire to be strong in that faith. This is all a good thing, and the Bible speaks to all these things often. But this isn’t all there is. In fact, it is missing the most important thing. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 says, “Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” While we are not always perfect in the call to be watchful – we too often get our eyes back on the world – it is our desire to stand firm, be courageous and be strong. But at the heart of the Christian life is love. We are called above all to do all we do in love. This is a game-changer for the follower of Jesus. As you grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus, ask yourself often how you can put your faith into action by loving others.
These have been words from the heart.