1 Corinthians 16:13-14 – Act Like Men

Today’s Reading: Job 16:1‐19:29, 1 Corinthians 16:1‐24, Psalm 40:1‐10, Proverbs 22:1

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 – Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

Context: In his final instructions to the church in Corinth, Paul urges them to persevere, love and submit to good leaders.  It is in this section that we read these verses:


  • Be watchful – in love
  • Stand firm in the faith – in love
  • Act like men – in love
  • Be strong – in love

Our culture has lost a Biblical view of masculinity.  I think Paul gives us the basics here.  If I were starting a fraternity, I would consider these two verses as my purpose statement. 

Apply: I want to act like a man today by being watchful and strong, standing firm in the faith, and covering everything in love.  Specifically, in a conversation I am having at work, I want to be strong and firm in what I believe is right.

Has anyone taught you to live out these principles?  Who and How?


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