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Today and indeed this week we are called upon to reflect on the fact that SERVING ONE ANOTHER as a desirable and practical way of our INCREASING AND ABOUNDING IN LOVE individually and corporately according to our theme of the year.
According to our year theme scripture John 13:35, Jesus states that there is a visible dimension of love among his disciples that is evident to EVERYONE .He said to us his disciples ''By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”-John 13:35 . LOVE ONE ANOTHER is the outward expression of an inward
experience of believers. Lets make two profound observations then.

Firstly .SERVING ONE ANOTHER is the outward expression because of our inward experience of God's hope filled love. Romans 5:5 therefore states “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost “-Romans 5:5 A true Christian can and should demonstrate love as a matter of course. They must stir that love with them like sugar that s settled at the bottom of a cup of tea. Serving God and others in God's behalf is the rod that stirs that love in a believer's heart so that EVERYONE can now taste its sweetness. This stirring through serving produces the effect of INCREASING AND ABOUNDING IN LOVE.

Secondly, SERVING ONE ANOTHER is a key to greatness in the kingdom of God. Indeed it is a hallmark of spiritual maturity for both the individual and the corporate Christian community. Jesus profiles this as a mark of authentic identity, inner security and true humility altogether as components of greatness. Great in terms of quality of their spirits' disposition to serve is the single most convincing character of the great before God and society. Jesus observed that the servant is the greatest. “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.”- Matthew 23:11

Jesus is the greatest servant of God ever because he manifested and expressed love per excellence. “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.”-Philippians 2:6-7 Jesus exemplified and explained the concept of serving one another as a hallmark of mutual respect, humility and maturity in love altogether amongst believers. “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”-John 13:15-17

Finally, SERVING ONE ANOTHER is the demonstration of the GREATEST VIRTUE for the GREATEST VALUE addition on others. The Apostle Paul also affirmed that amongst the three core Christian virtues and attitudes i.e. faith, hope and love, the greatest of them is love.” “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”-1 Corinthians 12:31) As mentioned above the SERVANT is THE GREATEST because they exemplify THE GREATEST virtue LOVE. Faith and hope are all validated by the authentic Love of God . James further underscores the fact that inability to serve others not only negates our claim of relationship with God as faith people but it is also cold indifference to basic human instinct for generosity. He observes. “ What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also
faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”.(James 2:14-17) He further illustrates how Abraham manifests faith inspired to works by unreserved and prompt disposition to serve and give. “Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?”(Vs 20-22) In this New Year purpose to access your destiny of greatness as you Live. Love and Serve God and others.

 

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