1 Corinthians 16:12-14
1Co 16:12 Now about our brother Apollos, I strongly urged him to visit you with the other brothers, but he did not at all want to come now. He will come when he has the opportunity.
1Co 16:13 Keep watch, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
1Co 16:14 Stay in love — all of you.
Apollos was a gifted missionary and theologian, and the Lord used him well. But Apollos was not at all easy to get along with. He apparently had a stubborn streak, as Paul discovered when he asked him to join the team going to Corinth. Apollos said no. Paul strongly urged him to go with the team, but Apollos said no. What was Paul’s response? He chose to respect Apollos’ decision. He chose to stay balanced. He told the Corinthians they needed the same kind of balance — the balance of a strong faith in the truth on one hand, and a strong love for each other on the other hand. Walking with that kind of balance is not easy, especially when we encounter people like Apollos.
LORD, give us a strong faith, balanced by a strong love.