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27 June 2021
Series: Serve

Serve - Week 1

If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. Galatians 6:3 NLT

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges ; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Philippians 2:3-8 NLT

“Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26-28 NLT

SERVANT LEADERSHIP IS ROOTED IN LOVE WHICH SEES THE POTENTIAL IN SOMEONE AND CARES SO DEEPLY FOR THEIR WELL-BEING THAT THEY WILL SERVE THEM TO SEE THEM REACH THAT POTENTIAL.

IF WE ARE NOT FUELED BY HEAVEN’S LOVE WE WILL BE FUELED BY THIS WORLD’S OPINIONS AND WE WILL LOSE OUR ETERNAL IMPACT.

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal 1 Corinthians 13:1 NLT

If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2-3 NLT

LOVE IS NOT… (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

  • LOVE IS NOT JEALOUS, BOASTFUL, OR PROUD

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. Philippians 2:3-4 NLT

Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. 1 John 4:11-12 NLT

  • LOVE IS NOT RUDE, DEMANDING ITS OWN WAY, OR IRRITABLE

Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble. Proverbs 21:23 NLT

A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare. Proverbs 15:1 NLT

WHAT IS LOVE? (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

  • LOVE IS PATIENT

You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. James 1:19 NLT

If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. James 1:26 NLT

OUR CHARACTER IS REFLECTED BY OUR WORDS.

A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. Luke 6:45 NLT

  • LOVE IS KIND.

Goodness is being good Moral excellence; virtue; the best part of anything; Essence; Strength; General character recognized in quality or conduct.

Kindness is goodness in action, sweetness of disposition, gentleness in dealing with others.  Kindness is a part of our character…

“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. Matthew 7:12 NLT

BE KIND AND DO GOOD

  • LOVE KEEPS NO RECORD OF WRONG

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32 NLT

  • LOVE NEVER GIVES UP, NEVER LOSES FAITH, AND IS ALWAYS HOPEFUL.