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A young boy sits next to his little sister in their bedroom. As she is hiding her face in his arms, he asks himself, what is love? He thought parents were supposed to love each other.

A teenage girl is lying on the bathroom floor. Through the tears she can barely see the razor, let alone the marks on her leg. She shouts to the empty air, what is love? She felt as if she had nobody to show her.
A woman is picking out another long-sleeved shirt to wear at work in July. She does it to hide the bruises that she has to face every day, bringing her to ask, what is love? She is beginning to believe that this is it.
It’s a question that seems to be as old as existence itself. What is love?
Many people spend their entire lives searching for it, turning up hardened hearts and crushed spirits. We expel all of our energy running towards material things such as money, clothes, or cars, hoping to find love in that. Matthew 6:19-21 advises us not to build up material things while we’re living on earth. They are merely temporary. Money runs out, clothes tear, and cars deteriorate. We also run to societal standards like status, beauty, or jobs. We think that maybe, just maybe, I’ll love myself and receive love when I’m this and I have that. Just as verse 21 says, we can’t take those things to Heaven with us. It’s not true love after all, and it shouldn’t be our priority.
Others beg for God to show them. When we fall upon the feet of Jesus, we see that He is love. It’s easy to become used to hearing about what Jesus did, especially during the Easter, as silly as that sounds. But it happens, and when you truly think about it–about the beating, mocking, loneliness, all of it–you see His love and His sacrifice. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Humans are the closest thing you can get to true love. We can love deeply and hard. Oh, how imperfect we are, though. Each one of us sins, makes mistakes, is selfish, the list goes on and on. However, we can look to Jesus, the end-all-be-all epitome of love, and make it a daily endeavor to be like Him.

At the end of the day, this age old question isn’t hard to find after all. All we must do is look to Him for a true love that will persevere. When you are down and out or simply need to be reminded, repeat these three sentences to yourself: Jesus is love. Jesus sacrificed His life for me. Therefore, love equals sacrifice.  

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SERVANT OF GOD

How can I be a better servant to God?
Thousands of books are published about leadership but a few about servant-hood. Everybody want to lead and nobody wants to be a servant. In today’s world, we find it very hard to avail ourselves for God at any given time. We have busy schedules and plans we don’t want to be messed up without showing resentment. 
But this exactly what servant-hood is about; not being able to choose when and where we want to serve and giving up the right to control our schedules and allowing God to interrupt them when He needs to.  
Are you a called soldier who is tangled up in the affairs of everyday life and your actions displeasing to the one who called you? Then the time has come to consider the following guides that will help you to become a better servant.
Adopt Paul’s personality
Paul thought of himself as a ‘servant of Christ’. In everything he was subordinate and subject to Christ, and that Master set the parameters of his obedience. Paul understood that God didn’t call him to be creative but obedient, not innovative but faithful. For Paul, success in the ministry depended upon pleasing God. To proof his faithfulness to God Paul says; “For am I now seeking the favour of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10)
Pay attention to needs
As a servant, you should always be on the lookout for ways to help others. When you see a need, seize the moment to meet it, just as the Bible commands us, ‘whenever you have an opportunity, we have to do what is good for everyone, especially for the family of believers. (Galatians 6:10) When you are part of a congregation, you should always find an opportunity to serve. If not in the service of others, then how can we serve God who is in need of nothing?
We miss many occasions for serving because we lack sensitivity and spontaneity. Great opportunities to serve never last long so take advantage when the moment comes.  
Be faithful to the ministry. 
Faithfulness has always been rare quality posed by human beings. Most people don’t know the meaning of commitment. Are you also counted this list? Well you can change this behaviour by refraining from making commitments casually and then break them for the slightest reason without any hesitation, remorse or regret. Be a person that people can always count on, keep promises you need to keep, vows you need to fulfil and honour your commitments. God has promised to reward your faithfulness in eternity. 
Be Humble
As much as we are always applauded for our selfless and generous behaviour, we have to be careful not to develop and overinflated sense of self-importance. No matter how far along we get in the walk with the Lord, there is never a time when there is nothing we need from other believer. God has intentionally designed it this way. We don’t all have the same function in the Body of Christ and we all need each other. 
Be thankful
As a devoted servant of the Lord you will be sure to take thetime to thank God, regardless of your schedule and your own sense of urgency for the task at hand. Before you ask for another thing from God or present anything else to his people, Paul ensures that he gives thanks to the Provider of all things. The frequent giving of thanks in the life of a believer is and often repeated, highly important practice in all of Paul’s teachings (see Phil. 4:6; Col 3:15; 1 Tim 2:1)
Learn to detach yourself from the false identity that your ego has fabricated for you and connect to your true self, being of higher divinity. 


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