Girlfriends in Christ

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

“. . . serve one another in love," Galatians 5:13.

The Greek word translated as serve in our English language is douleuo, meaning to be a slave to.

What does this have to do with me as a 21st century woman? The first part of Galatians 5:13 is the key, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another [humbly] in love”

Why should I be a slave to love, especially if someone is mistreating me? The Bible gives us three good reasons from this one passage. One, God called you to do good, even if it means suffering. Two, Christ (our example) suffered for us. Three, when you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you (1 Peter 18:-21).

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 shows us how to love, and it comes with a promise . . . "Love NEVER fails" God doesn't lie, but many times we don't get to see the faithfulness of His promise because we are not willing to endure.

Ask Him to be your strength. Let Him do through you what you can not do on your own! Pray continually, surround yourself with godly friendships, and seek wise counsel. God didn't intend for you to do this alone!

Lord, strengthen my sister today. Help her to know You have a purpose EVEN IN THIS! I ask that you give her an extra measure of your grace today. Pull her close and surround her with your love and enable her to extend that love and extinguish the destructive hopes of the enemy, Amen!