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“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

– 1 Peter 4:10

You feel better about life in general when you serve others. Assisting other people is one of the keys to your achievement, success, possibilities, and opportunities, and it makes you feel good about yourself! Author Earl Nightingale, who specialized in human character development and motivation, had a great quote: “It is just as impossible to succeed without serving others as it would be to live in our modern world without others serving us.” There is a keyword that I hope you noticed — “impossible.”

There is a passage of scripture that speaks to why we serve in Romans 13:8-10, “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” We all have an outstanding debt, what is it? Our lives were wrecks, train wrecks, full of wrong thinking, and we hurt a variety of people before Christ gave us his love. The lies we told, the mistakes we made, everything we did; through it all, God loved us. 

Friend, God gave His Son’s life for your sake so that you could be at peace with Him. That’s a huge debt forgiven. God doesn’t say pay it back, He says pay it forward. Having received His love, God’s next request is for us to love one another. Our response is to love God, too, but the point remains: He asks you to love and serve others.

Prayer


Father, assist me in having success by serving others.

Reflection


Having been forgiven by Christ, how are you paying it forward?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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One Response

  1. Love my neighbor is another natural response for me, because God said He would write His laws on our hearts, and put them in our minds! So it becomes natural for me to do that, such as cutting my grass I also cut both my neighbors grass, on the left and on the right side being in the middle. Also in the winter shoveling the snow, I do not expect anything in return for this, but they have both used my lawn mower and the one on the right cleaned it up better then it was, and the one on the left broke the wheel and put it back like nothing they did? These are just two things I do for my neighbors without mentioning anything else.

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