1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.
This verse makes me want to do the Tim “the toolman” Taylor grunt. You know the one I am talking about. It can’t really be spelled, as it is simply a glutteral man sound. I think Tim would have read this verse like: Be on your guard; (short grunt) stand firm in the faith (double grunt); be men of courage (long grunt); be strong (quadruple grunt). Do everything in love. (questioning grunt?) This is just a manly kind of verse. It speaks to honor and bravery. It speaks to courage and strength. It speaks of… love?
This kind of thinking flies in the face of discouragement. It smacks around laziness. It kicks weakness in the teeth. This is good solid, straight up grunt speaking strength. And I love it. It makes me want to fight harder. It makes me want to be determined. It makes me want to kick some butt and take names. Oh, but there’s that little love part at the end. Darn.
Being a man isn’t just about war movies and brewskies. It isn’t all about chest bumping after a touchdown catch or about pursuing that elk over mountains until you get your kill. It isn’t all about Call of Duty and the latest Madden game. Look guys, go ahead and be manly. It’s a good thing, Paul says so in verse 13. Be a man of courage; be strong in the Lord. Show your spiritual muscles off. Let out a man-grunt indicating your victory.
As you do all those manly things, remember that love is manly too. It is the embodiment of the greatest man to ever walk this earth – Jesus. He was strong enough to show love. He was brave enough to show emotion. I can just hear Him saying, “Lazarus, get up. (grunt, grunt)” He was and is THE MAN. Let’s model our lives after His and find that there is as much manliness in love as there is in the grunt.