Now, let's look at the fourth command.
1 Cor 16:13 "Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong."
Strong in what sense?
Physically? Relationally? Emotionally? Spiritually?
I think God is saying, life is tough, so become tough. Be ready to handle life with Christ and for Christ.
So, when the easy route is to take a short cut, refuse. Do what is necessary and right.
When co-workers are compromising, do not follow their lead. Make you own path and be ready to communicate what needs to be communicated.
When conflict arises in a relationship, have the strength to lovingly talk things through.
When temptations are looking good, get tough with Christ and say, "No."
Do you have thick skin or thin skin? Get tough with Christ and handle the criticism, sarcasm and negativity. Let your identity come from Jesus, not other's thoughts about you.
When a friend or family member is wrestling with giving into a temptation or making a poor decision, give them tough love by speaking the truth gently and lovingly.
When culture or others seek to cause you to compromise your faith, get tough and stand firm-no matter the consequences.
How are you doing with God's four commands that come from this verse?
Are you growing in...
Seeking to follow God's commands together,