Strength???

1 Corinthians 16:13 “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit ye like men, be strong.” That phrase contained in this verse that says “quit ye like men” means to be manly, to be made into a man. Many things go into being a man, one of those things is being respectful. The attached picture is of a picnic table that has been thrown over a 6 foot fence. For the past 5 years or so it has dutifully sat under the shelter in the background. At some time during the past week some punks who were feeling their oats decided to toss it over. It does bother me when I see such blatant disregard for property especially public property that belongs to everyone.
Now I know I just stereotyped whoever did this by calling them “punks” but stereotypes exist for a reason. While I doubt it was a group of young girls who did it, it is possible but as I said I doubt it. No, most likely it was some young men who for what ever the reason wanted to show off what they got. Their efforts were successful and now someone will have to go around and retrieve the picnic bench.
I however started this off with a Bible verse and my rant is over. Paul in his writing to the Corinthian church was trying to help encourage them. Being a Christian means effort must be expended and many times that effort is shown in how we are strong enough to endure the trials that are coming our way. Other times the effort is in leading our homes to follow the Lord even though the easy thing to do is to follow the crowd and the path of least resistance. Effort to be a man of God comes in many forms between fighting temptation and trying to witness to a lost and dying world. Our strength is shown in how we make our stand and on what we stand for.
Strength that is abused by beating someone down instead of helping them up is harmful to both. The one on the receiving end gets hurt in whatever sense the attack came (physically or mentally) but the one who wields the blows is hurting themselves spiritually more than anything. The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him no good. We should be striving to do good whether we are a man or a woman. There is no need to spiritually throw the bench over the fence just to prove we can. Quite strength can be very strong, the Bible refers to it as meekness (Galatians 5:23) meekness is not weakness it is strength under control.

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