1 Corinthians 16:14 (WEBBE): 14Let all that you do be done in love.

Paul’s letters are packed with great pieces of advice for everyday living. But this short sentence is probably the most spectacular of them all. Go back to the verse, and read it one word at a time. Really think about each one!

Here are some of the things that came up for me with this verse. Let is a verb – this is something that we can (and of course should) choose to do. It is an active choice on our part. It doesn’t just happen. But it should also be easy – it is “let” and not “make” or “force” or something like that. If we are filled with God’s presence and His LOVE, then it is easy to allow that to flow through us.

All means, well, all. Everything. No exceptions. That is what we should aim for. Imagine what the world would be like if everybody acted out of love all the time! We don’t have influence over everybody else, but we can at least make the choice for ourselves. And that will make a huge difference!

Do is another verb. Love is not just an emotion that is felt by the one that loves. Real love prompts us to take action, to make a difference.

This week, think about the actions that you are about to do before you do them. And ask yourself first whether you are about to act in love.