By Love, Serve


 

Galatians 5:13, 14

 

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another,” Galatians 5:13.

 

 

In many countries, other than the United States, the cast social system still exists. In the Christian community equality must be taught among believers. Even in the Lord’s churches, the lower classes in these societies tend to serve the more affluent.

 

While the cast social system is not so obvious in our country, it does exist somewhat. Therefore, we must guard against its influence in the Lord’s churches. We do often have a problem with servanthood. It is not so much about being served as it is about serving. It seems our backs, necks and hearts are too stiff to bow in service to others. Because we are freed by grace, we are by love to serve one another. The Bible commands that we not only love in word but in deed also. “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).

 

What does Christian service look like? Serving may take many forms as long as we are putting others above ourselves. It can be as simple as praying for someone or picking up the phone and calling to check on the sick or shut-ins. Whatever our servanthood looks like, it must be done with love overflowing blessings onto others.

 

 

Beverly Barnett

 

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