“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” 16:13
I really like this. Spiritual strength is described as exercising caution, showing faithfulness, acting mature and being loving. It’s not acting harsh, being self-seeking, putting others down or disregarding feelings.
Let all that you do be done in love. How do I fold laundry this way? How do I tell someone I need to cut them out of my life because they’re toxic, lovingly? How do I create boundaries with people? How do I, for the ten hundredth time, tell my son he cannot have a snack three minutes before dinner, with love?
Some of those things have obvious answers, but sometimes it’s not just a tone of voice, it’s a posture of the heart.
Think of a time today when you responded poorly to someone, or were doing something with selfish motives. How could you have handled it differently?
Were you putting yourself first?