Love must be sincere. How do you serve Christ without serving people? And this holds true for every Christian. And service is a sign of genuine love!
Matthew 20:28 “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
If anyone ever proved their love for others it was Jesus. When Jesus washed the feet of His disciples He was showing that He loved them. When He fed the multitudes and taught them God’s Word He was demonstrating love. When He forgave the woman caught in adultery while others wanted to condemn her, Jesus was demonstrating love. Every time Jesus served, ministered, healed, or preached He was demonstrating love. And of course, we know about His greatest demonstration of love; Calvary!
If we want to learn how to love people we just need to read about the life of Christ in the gospel accounts. If all people of the world would just look to Jesus they would know what genuine love is and also, know how to demonstrate it.
Galatians 5:13 “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.”
Paul describe the sincerity of love in this text.
1- We love by hating evil
2- We love by honoring others
3- We love by showing zeal
4- We love by sharing with others
We must be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Have you honored anyone lately? Have you honored anyone above you?
LOVE BY SHOWING ZEAL
11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Zeal in service. If nothing else, we show God that we love Him and the church by being zealous in Christian living and Christian service.
I Peter 4:10-11 10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.
Do you get what both Paul and Peter are saying? Whatever we can do to serve: teach, preach, clean, cook, wash, etc. then we need to do it the best we can! We need to show some zeal in our service or whatever we do for Christ and in His kingdom!
You’ve seen people at work. Some work steadily and efficiently and get work done in quality time. And some others you have to push to get them to do anything. What’s the difference? Motivation could be the difference.
When God is at work in us through the power of His Spirit we will serve. We will be quick to serve and serve as well possible and even go beyond what is asked or expected of us.
11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
LOVE BY SHARING WITH OTHERS
13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
I Peter 4:7-10 “The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”
I Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing
December 15, 2012
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