Do all in love!

Scripture reading for July 26th:  1st Corinthians 16, Psalm 149, Proverbs 25

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 16:13-14, 22-24  “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.  Let all that you do be done in love. . . .If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed.  Our Lord, come!  The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.  My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.”  

Paul loved concise final words and encouragement.  These short sentences summarize points he had brought up in the longer body of the letter.  He encouraged watchfulness against divisions and judging others.  They were to remain strong in faith so he again brought up love and its supreme importance in all things.  Faith works by love.  Our love for Jesus is foundational as well as our love for each other.  Paul sent his love as well!

Faith Confession:  Lord, thank You for these short and plain reminders of what is important.  Thank You for Your love and the love of other believers that encourages my faith. Help me to be a faithful and loving messenger.

Proverbs  25:13 “Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters.”

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