In faith and love which is in Christ Jesus – Hold these truths with sincere faith in the Lord Jesus, and with that love which is the best evidence of attachment to him. Spiritual health is far more important than physical health.
There is nothing inherently wrong with being dependent on others. Healthy cooperation and reciprocal relationships are the foundation of human social life; the Christian community ought to be characterized by the many ways in which we love the brothers and sisters.
Unselfish, loyal, and benevolent intention and commitment toward another.
LOVE. First and last word in Christian theology and ethics. It is therefore important to understand clearly this exceedingly ambiguous term.
The truths of God’s Word will not benefit us unless we give heed to them. It will not save us that the Lord Jesus has come and spoken to people unless we are disposed to listen. It will not benefit us that the sun shines unless we open our eyes. Books will not help us unless we read them; medicine, unless we take it; nor will the fruits of the earth sustain our lives, however rich and abundant they may be, if we disregard and neglect them. So with the truths of God’s Word. There is truth enough to save the world – but the world ignores and despises it. Many Christians barely study it.
1 Corinthians 16:13 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
“God calls Christians to a way of life that incites opposition from the world. He calls his people to enter a spiritual war in which opponents seek believers’ destruction and fight against believers’ goals. In this hostile world, it is essential that followers of Christ be courageous and strong.” – Richard L. Pratt Jr.
IF our minds were in perfect harmony with the mind of Christ our views would in many respects be greatly altered. Many things that we now desire and long for would lose much of their attractiveness, and other things that we dread and shrink from would cease to be unwelcome. …