What Comes Naturally

Serving myself and wanting others to serve me come naturally. Serving others because they have served me is natural and practical. Serving others so that they will serve me is natural and practical. Serving others because you have been forced to do it is natural. Serving others for pay is natural.

Serving others freely and willingly is unnatural. Serving others purely for their benefit is unnatural. Serving others who cannot serve you back is unnatural. Serving others who have not served you is unnatural. Serving others who do not deserve it is unnatural. In fact, it is supernatural. It is the fruit of the Spirit.

Luke 10:27: And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

Unconditionally loving the Lord is supernatural, unconditionally loving thy neighbour is supernatural but unconditionally loving thyself is natural. If we love the Lord unconditionally, we will love Him no matter what. That might be a new thought for you. It is for me. We ought to love Him unconditionally even when we don*t understand what He is doing or how He is doing it. I know individuals, myself included, who often tolerate faults in ourselves that we do not tolerate in others. We can and do love ourselves in spite of the fact that we don*t deserve it. That comes naturally. We can and do love ourselves without the help of God. But loving Him and loving others requires the supernatural help of the Holy Spirit. Loving others is His fruit, not ours.

Galatians 5:22a: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, . . .

1 John 4:19: We love him, because he first loved us.

Romans 5:5b: . . . the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

1 Corinthians 2:14: But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

If you are serving others, what is your motivation for doing that? Has there been a moment when the love of God was shed abroad in your heart and you began to love Him and others in an unnatural way? If there has not been a moment when you began to love Him and others unselfishly and supernaturally, how can you believe that you are indwelt by and filled with the Holy Spirit?

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