ἀνδρίζεσθε

"Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love." 
1st Cor 16:13-14
       I am sure I have read this many times in my life, but tonight this verse truly jumped out at me. In the more literal translations of the Bible, they are not trying to make every verse gender neutral. The Bible does apply to all, but not every word has to be worded for everyone. Paul in 1st Corinthians 16:13-14 he concisely commands the men specifically to do five things.
     1.) "Be on the alert" - Literally means to keep watch and be awake. The best two verses that use the same Greek word are 1st Peter 5:8 and Matthew 24:42. Are you alert, or are you distracted by the stuff of this world?
     2.) "Stand firm in the faith" - Do not be immature infants in the faith. Ephesians 4:14-16 says it this way, "As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love."
     3.) "Act like men" - This actually is only one Greek word, ἀνδρίζεσθε: Andrizomai. Its definition is simple, be courageous, act like men. While being a simple command, I know I struggle with it. How easy is it to be another timid Christian who is literally hiding their light from the world. Paul is commanding us to act like men. Period.
     4.) "Be Strong" - This is not about our own strength. Ephesians 3:16 says it clearly, "He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man." Same Greek word, much fuller meaning.
     5.) "Let all that you do be done in love." - We are to love one another. As Jesus loved us, by our love everyone will know that we are Jesus' disciples (Jn 13:34-35). How often does our selfishness come before love. How really do we act different from the world. Can anyone really tell you are one of Jesus' disciples?
Pray that God to continue the work He started in you, 
so that you can act like the godly man He made you to be.
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