Giving to Each Other
Through love serve one another. Galatians 5:13
True "serving" springs forth from a selfless, loving motive. There's much labeled as serving in our day that is not. Activity that calls attention to oneself is not serving. Involvement in "helping" others as a social opportunity to be well thought of is not serving. Giving to others less fortunate from a guilt-ridden heart is not serving. "Caring" for another so that he or she will care for you in return is manipulating, not serving.
The empowerment of true serving comes from the mysterious word agape. It is translated as "love," but it is a unique love that comes from above. It could be argued that it is only through the grace of such love that we can be motivated to serve.
Teresa and I spent a lot of empty years in our marriage supposedly "giving" to one another, only to find that our motivation was "giving to get" and "I'll meet your needs if you..." This pattern began to change—not because we negotiated a settlement to our conditional love but because we each began to encounter anew His unconditional love for us. We were each in our own way affected more deeply by how the Savior in His love had served us. Such love began to change us, our relationship with Him, and then our marriage.
Serving another comes from the overflow of a heart filled with the wonderment that the carpenter from Nazareth has served me. He who had everything left it all in my behalf. He who could have called ten thousand angels to rescue Him at the cross chose instead to stay there so He could serve me.
May the awe and wonder of His love prompt me to lovingly serve others around me, including my dear wife.
What truly loving acts of service can you do for your spouse today?
Father, thank You for choosing to serve me through the gift of Your Son.
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