Done In Love

1 Corinthians 16: Let It Be Done In Loveblog shield

“Be on the alert,

stand firm in the faith,

act like men,

be strong.

Let all that you do be done in love.”

(16:13,14, NASB*)

“Mom? Mom, I need you to wake up.” Mom raised her head, patted my cheek, and smiled. “I’m sorry to wake you but it’s time for your medicine.” I lifted her head enough for her to take her meds.

She smiled again, and lifted her hand to my cheek one last time. “I love you, baby.”

Those were her last true words of endearment to me before she walked with the Lord to her eternal home. They warmed my heart for Mom had dementia and died a couple weeks later. Last words can leave unforgettable marks on a person’s life.

In the last chapter of 1 Corinthians Paul sums up the whole of his letter to a church wrestling with itself and the world. He knew when all else might be forgotten, the last words of his first letter would be remembered as he summed up the letter in so few words.

“Be on the alert … Concerning—

1.Divisions in the body of Christ/the church;

“Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

  • that you all agree,
  • and there be no divisions among you,
  • but you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (1:10)

2. Sin in the body of Christ;

“Or do you not know

  • that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?
  • Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, or the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
  • And such were some of you;
  • but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God …
  • you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” (6:9-11,20)

3. Traditions ruling the body of Christ;

  • “You were bought with a price;
  • do not become slaves of men …
  • take care lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak …
  • Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim;
  • I box in such a way, as not beating the air;
  • but I buffet my body and make it my slave,
  • lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified
  • … each one is given the manifestation of the spirit for the common good …
  • If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal …
  • Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, especially prophecy …
  • let all things be done properly and in an orderly manner.” (7:23; 8:9;9:26,27; 12:7; 13:1; 14:1,40)

4. And the hope of the body of Christ.

  • “If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.
  • But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.
  • For since by a man came death,
  • by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.
  • For as in Adam all die,
  • so also in Christ all shall be made alive … 
  • Behold I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep,
  • but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet;
  • for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable,
  • and we shall be changed …
  • then will come about the saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’ …
  • Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
  • knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” (15:19-22; 51-52,54b, 58)

Paul’s exhortation to the believers:

“Be on the alert,

stand firm in the faith,

act like men, be strong.

Let all that you do be done in love.”

(16;13,14)

Paul’s warning to the unbelieving:

“If anyone does not love the Lord,

let him be accursed.

Maranatha.**” (22)

Paul’s and my blessing and acknowledgment to you:

“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.

My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.”

(23,24)

Mom’s last words to me left me a memory of her love, and another reason to look for the Lord’s return—knowing I’ll see her again, as she said, “riding on her white horse with Jesus.”***


For thought: What last words would you want to leave for those you love?

Today’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 22:10-15. Are you among the blessed looking for the Lord’s return or the cursed living outside of the Lord’s blessing?

Our Prayer: May we live with our hearts fixed on things eternal, looking for and working toward your kingdom coming.


*All scripture is taken from the NASB. **Maranatha—O Lord come! ***Mom wrote in her journal, if she should die before the Lord’s return she would be among the saints on white horses when He did return.

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