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Part 2

•The Condition

What conditions need to be met for us to serve? Safety? Health? Reward? When should we love and serve one another?

Our passage answers this in the very first verse, “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” Contrary to our initial thoughts, the condition for serving is not dependent on the receiver and their character or ability. The condition for serving is dependent on the heart of the servant.

A servant’s heart doesn’t come from met requirements by those in need. It comes from the joy that abounds in a Christ filled believer. If the spirit of joy dwells deeply inside of you, if your heart is transformed by Christ, if his love exists in your life, then love one another. We learn then, that if we are to call ourselves Christian, there is no excuse for withholding love from our fellow man.

When you are confronted with your sin and your pride tells you to withhold love from others, humble yourself, remember your identity with Christ, the power of His Spirit, and put on a servant’s heart. If you are a Christian, the precondition for serving others has already been met.

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