Stand Firm in Faith and Do All in Love

“Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” ~ 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

The friendly smile often throws me off guard. But sometimes, that smile doesn’t extend to the eyes. Perhaps eye contact is avoided. Or there is a sharpness in the gaze, a coldness. They think me a silly fool. But I know. I know there are horrid things being said about me, when I’m not around. 

Social media makes it so much easier to slam others. You can post a vile and insulting status about someone, and block them from seeing it. You can simply unfriend them and then fire away. Or, if you are bold (and cruel), you can post it for them and all the world to see, plain and simple.

I have family members and friends who participate in the bashing on social media. Oh, some of them may not actually SAY anything, but with their silence, or that little “like” button, they are accessories to the murder of my character. 

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Whoever came up with that little rhyme was crazy. They may not physically damage the body, but the wounds that words inflict on the soul are brutal and sometimes just as deadly as sticks and stones.

What can I do? Smile at them, knowing full well what they are up to. Continue the relationship as long as it is within my power (“If possible, so far is it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” ~ Romans 12:18)*. Offer them grace. Take my broken heart to God for Him to bind back up (Isaiah 61:1). And pray like mad (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

Guess what, Church? The words, the hatred, the betrayal — it is all going to ramp up. Jesus told us this in John 15:18-22. If the world likes what we say, do, and believe, then we are not following Jesus closely enough. His aroma should rub off on us, and the fragrance of Christ is offensive to those who don’t believe.

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?” ~ 2 Corinthians 2:14-16

So, dear brothers and sisters, stay in the Word. Armor up (Ephesians 6), for though the battle is fierce, it is the Lord’s. We are called to stand firm. Stand firm in grace (Romans 5:2). Stand firm in the faith (1 Corinthians 16:13). Stand firm in prayer (Ephesians 6:18). 

We must continue loving the world around us but hating the darkness. And show them the way out of the dark.

” ‘to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’ ” ~ Acts 26:18

Point them to the truth that is Jesus.

“…’If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’ ” ~ John 8:31b-32

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.’ ” ~ John 14:6

And…

” ‘The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.’ ” ~ Exodus 14:14

“…’Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.’ ” ~ 2 Chronicles 20:15b

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” ~ 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

May all that I do today be done in love…
* Note: There are times that relationships are no longer safe (abuse, threats, etc.). And sometimes we must set up boundaries in order to ensure that the relationship is healthy for our soul. And unfortunately, there are times that someone simply cuts us off. Use spiritual discernment. Take everything to the Lord in prayer. And do what you think you need to do.  

And remember: ” ‘Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.’ ” ~ Matthew 7:6 

Some people do not want to hear the truth and will treat this precious gift as trash. Some people do not want to be with you and will treat you, a precious gift, as trash. Spend your time, talent, and treasure telling others about the Gospel, but don’t waste your time, talent, and treasure. Listen to the Holy Spirit, go where He leads you, and speak to whom He gives you. It is not our job to save people. That is the Spirit’s job. We are simply to deliver the message and show “the way, the truth, and the life”. And love…

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One Response to Stand Firm in Faith and Do All in Love

  1. Nancy Carlson says:

    Debbie, this is true insight and wisdom from the Lord! He will help us stand firm and show love and compassion. I am so thankful we have Christ’s Spirit at work in us, because we cannot do this in our own strength. May God continue to bless, guide and protect you as His light shines through you into a dark world! With love & prayers, Aunt Nancy

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