"Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love," (I Corinthians 16:13,14).
* In these short commands, the apostle Paul points up the balance that should typify our lives in Christ. With particular application to men, we are to demonstrate qualities of strength & boldness in spiritual leadership, all the while characterized by sacrificial love. We are to exhibit the strength of steel covered by the velvet of love.
* Particularly for men, the first of these two verses comes more easily, while the second serves as a constant challenge. The God-given instinct to provide for and protect one's family lends itself well to maintaining spiritual vigilance. Yet, great grace is constantly required for the self-sacrificing love here commanded.