Loving Well: Acts of Service: Various Texts

October 9th, 2017

Loving Well: Acts of Service

Various Texts

Acts of Service

  • Doing something for your someone that you know they would like

    • “Actions speak louder than words.”


God as the Lover

  • It may be difficult for us to imagine the God of the Universe as a servant

    • However, Scripture is full of examples of His love being expressed in this way
  • The Deliverance of Israel from Egypt
    • Which became the defining moment of the OT for Jews
  • God’s love in service is best revealed in the Incarnation
    • Jesus’ life was about serving others in love (Matt. 20:28)
    • He did this through His miracles (Luke 4:17-21)
      • Which He stated was proof of His divinity (John 10:37-38)
    • He did this through the washing of His disciples’ feet (John 13:1)
    • He did this through His death on the Cross (John 15:13)


Our Love for God

  • We show God our love through our acts of service
  • This includes using our giftedness to serve within the context of Church ministry

  • Worship team
  • Serving teams
  • AWANA/Trek
  • Recovery Ministries
  • Teaching
  • Missions
  • Prayer
  • Others



Loving One Another

  • How do we show love through our service to each other?
  • Taking on tasks that we know the other person does NOT enjoy doing
    • It does not have to be something you despise doing
    • But, it should be sacrificial on some level
  • This kind of service can be between spouses, within families, among friends, and even in the workplace
  • ) Cooking a meal, washing dishes, taking out the garbage, mowing the lawn, changing the baby’s diaper, taking someone’s shift


Loving Our Community

  • How do we serve our community in love?
  • Volunteering
  • Helping out a neighbor
    • Mow their lawn, make them a meal, watch their kids, etc.


Love as a Choice

  • Since love is a choice on the part of the lover

    • The beloved should never try to force or manipulate a certain action
    • “If you loved me, you would…”
  • Likewise, if we feel criticized by those we seek to love, we may be tempted to stop trying
    • Instead we need to hear what is behind the criticism to learn to love better
    • This is NOT a license for us to be critical of each other


So What?

  • Are we loving through our acts of service?

    • Doing for others what helps them, even if it is not something we enjoy


Meditation Verse: 1 Peter 4:10

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