Galatians 5:13. Serve humbly in love

by Julia Bruce

Galatians 5 13

Serving someone else requires that we let go of selfishness and we must get rid of our own personal agenda. At times, it requires sacrificing our own desires. However, there is always joy found in serving others. (click to tweet)  The freedom Paul writes about in this verse is the freedom we have through our salvation. It is freedom from the cost of sin. Freedom to live in the love of Christ, knowing we have been forgiven. However, that freedom came at the price of Christ’s sacrificial death. There is no higher way to serve another person than that. When we, then, serve others, we are loving like Christ. We are being an example of Christ and allowing Christ to extend His love through us to others. However, when we indulge in things that make us happy without regards to anyone else, we selfishly serve ourselves and it prohibits us from having a servant’s heart towards others. When we serve others, Paul teaches that we should “serve humbly in love.” One of the most often referred to scriptures when talking about serving is Jesus washing the disciples feet. When you look at Bible day culture, this was one of the most humbling tasks and usually done by the lowest of servants. With only dirt roads and sandals for shoes, people feet would constantly need washing. Sometimes, when we serve others, it might be that we need to humble ourselves and do a demeaning, dirty task. (click to tweet)  Serving in love, means we serve without griping, grumbling or complaining, and that we do it with a heart full of love for the person we are serving. (click to tweet) Look for three opportunities today that you can serve others: do at least one act of service for your spouse or a family member, a coworker, and a complete stranger. If you take a few moments and pray and ask God to show you where you can serve others today, the opportunities will  present themselves. As you serve, also pray for the person you are serving. Make it a daily habit to serve someone humbly in love.

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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.

Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.

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