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Serve one another in love

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Serve one another in love

(Gal. 5:13)

Are we servants?

Most people don’t like to be thought of as servants. It’s probably easier to think about serving God, because He is so high and mighty and so obviously superior in every way. It’s a little bit easier to say, ‘Lord, I serve You!’ to an all-seeing, all-knowing, and all-powerful God than it is to say that to someone we consider our equal or perhaps even our lesser in some respects. ‘For you, dear friends, have been called to live in freedom, not to satisfy your sinful nature, but to serve one another in love.’ (Gal. 5:13) The Greek word translated here as ‘serve’ is ‘douleuo’, which means ‘to be a slave to.’ So to serve one another in love is to be a slave to one another in love, to yield to, to obey, to do someone’s bidding, and to do so in love.

The Lord Jesus came not to be served, but to serve

The Lord Jesus said He ‘came not to be served, but to serve.’ (Mark 10:45). The Lord Jesus ‘made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant.’ (Phil. 2:7). The Bible says that ‘Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow in His steps.’ (1 Peter 2:21). His Father sent Him as a servant. The Lord Jesus had the love and humility to do that for us, and He asks that we follow His example. That takes a lot of humility, but with such sacrifices come great rewards.

The mutual nature of Christian ministry

The Apostle Paul reveals the mutual nature of Christian ministry. There are many such ‘one another’ verses in the New Testament. Here are some of them:

Building loving fellowship one with another:

‘A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’ (John 13:34-35). ‘Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.’ (1 Thess. 4:9).

Love one another to fulfill the law:

‘Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.’ (Rom. 13:8).

Increase our love one for another:

‘We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.’ (2 Thess. 1:3).

Abound in love for another:

‘May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.’ (1 Thess. 3:12).

Love each other deeply, to cover a multitude of sins:

‘Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.’ (1 Peter 4:8).

Dr. Czeslaw Bassara ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ;

James N. Spurgeon wrote:

'A job is at your choice; a ministry is at Christ's call. In a job you expect to receive; in a ministry you expect to give. In a job you give something to get something; in a ministry you return something that has already been given to you. A job depends on your abilities; a ministry depends on your availability to God. A job done well brings you praise; a ministry done well brings honour to Christ.'

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