1 Corinthians 9
- Abide in the Lord. He is able to deliver, able to protect. He answers when you call. He satisfies. Hold fast to Him in love and know His name.
- Parts of the Temple and Instruments used for the service of the Lord are carefully made and precious to the Lord. The implication is that this is true regarding one’s body (as the temple of the Holy Spirit) and of the Church as well.
- Courage as displayed by Esther – it is not the absence of fear, but doing the right thing in spite of the fear. Her courage came through faith, faith that God is in control and has a purpose for her life.
- Nothing shuts up critics and at the same time encourages believers more than living selflessly and as a good example. Selfless means to not make use of some ‘rights’ (that is, permissible things) for the sake of helping others grow in their relationship with God. This is contrary to the human nature, this is not easy or natural. So self control needs to be regularly and consciously exercised.