“Keep alert. Be firm in your faith. Stay brave and strong. Show love in everything you do.” (I Corinthians 16: 13, Contemporary English Version)
What a great checklist for being a good person. If we are to follow these directives, we will surely make a positive impact on the world. And we will also find our own sense of purpose, satisfaction, and joy. For we will be doing what we were built to do. We will be expressing God’s own presence as we so naturally do. This is healing to the world and it blesses us as well.
I like how these steps seem to have an appropriate order to them. Keep alert. This means to be conscious of Truth and of the opposition to it. It really means staying awake and not allowing ourselves to fall into the mesmerism of mortality, of limit and fear and materiality. It means staying on guard against the evil lies, but also alert to receive good news, assurance, healing angels.
And following this, we are advised to be firm in our faith. As we stay mentally active and ready, we become more aware of God’s presence, so we find faith comes as a natural result. And yet, we can also be swayed by the errors that are being exposed. So, a firmness in this faith is called for. We must trust our God more than we trust the senses, opinions, matter.
And with this faith we are able to stay brave and strong. For we know we are not leaning on personal strength but leaning into the very power of God—His certainty, His capacity, His sure defense of His own purpose of goodness.
And this leads to the way in which this confidence and trust is expressed. It is by Love. For knowing God is knowing Love, and to know Love is to want to experience it always, to share the richness of it, and to bring love into all that we do. And this is not only a nice thing to do, it is where we have the power to save, to uplift, and to truly thrive!
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