We have been speaking about making a heart change, and how the change is not made for us.
If you search BibleGateway.com, you will find “one another” used 190 times, and “each other” used 981 times. What this means is that we are called and commanded to serve others. This cannot be done without a heart change.
Other than doing random acts of kindness, service to others involves relationships, which come in a variety of forms and at different levels.
The secular world identifies that joy is involved in the attachment/bonding process.
Nehemiah 8:10 tell us “...This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
There is strength in relationships, and through sacrifice and heart change we develop healthy relationships. I believe that joy is the overflow of healthy relationships.
Even in the best of relationships there are going to be bumps in the road. We need to expand our windows of tolerance to endure these bumps. Our capacity for love needs to accept all situations, circumstances, and people exactly where they are at.
What a Challenge!
But we must remember that to have a heart change and serve others takes sacrifice. When we do this, God is pleased. When we do this, others benefit.
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