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Loving and Serving

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All of us have unique ways of letting people know that we care. Caring is a vital part of good relationships. Caring is often shown by serving.

Jesus showed us how to love and care for others. One example of this happened on the night before Jesus was crucified. That evening Jesus called His disciples together in Jerusalem for a special dinner. After the evening meal, Jesus showed them what love and caring are all about. John 13:4-5 (NIV) “So He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him.”

Jesus noticed a need in the room that evening. No one had volunteered for the customary washing of feet. It was apparent that none of the twelve disciples felt it was their responsibility. They thought it was too menial a task for such “important” people.

Jesus handled the situation differently. In humility, He got up from the table and did what no one else was willing to do. He washed everyone’s feet! Why? Because He understood the connection between loving and serving. He wanted His disciples to learn this lesson too.

Once the foot-washing was over, Jesus summarized the lesson for His disciples. It applies to us also. Look at His words in John 13:14-15 (NIV) “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”

What’s the lesson? Loving others isn’t complicated. It’s merely a matter of taking time to humbly serve people in practical ways. That’s something you can do, and you’ll be blessed as you do!

Pastor Dale