Empowered to Love: How You Can Lead a Lifestyle of Service

A husband and wife work on a service project cleaning up a backyard

Discuss this verse as a couple. Focus your conversation on the following questions.

"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works."—Hebrews 10:24

  • In what ways have Christlike people shown love to you?
  • When do you feel most weary in doing good?
  • What are some ways I can support you when you're discouraged about serving others?

The Bible tells us to deliberately stir up love and good works in one another. This is a reminder to be intentional about developing a lifestyle that is focused on serving others. How can you and your spouse invigorate and motivate each other toward an attitude of Christlike service? You can do so by reminding each other of all the ways God has loved and served you — His sacrifice on the Cross, His long-suffering kindness and His help in times of need. As we grow more aware of His love for us, we are empowered to love others with His love. Our spouse can be the recipient of our love and good works, as well as the one who encourages us to persevere in it.

Ruth Chou Simons is the author and illustrator of Gracelaced: Discovering timeless truths through seasons of the heart.

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This article first appeared in the June/July 2018 issue of Focus on the Family magazine and was originally titled "A Lifestyle of Service." If you enjoyed this article, read more like it in Focus on the Family's marriage and parenting magazine. Get this publication delivered to your home by subscribing to it for a gift of any amount.
© 2018 by Ruth Chou Simons. Used by permission.

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