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Love One Another! It Will Help Your Attitude!

Galatians 5:22-26

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Over the next few days we will examine the Fruits of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5. We just took a few days to look at attitude – and several have remarked at how those hit home.  Our love quotient goes a long way toward having the right attitude my friends.

The first fruit listed is love.  Love is THE most important of the fruits – because without love we could have all the rest – all of the fruits and gifts of the Spirit – and something would still be missing.

1 Corinthians 13:2 – If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

We are called to imitate Christ and the love He showed us.

Ephesians 5:1-2 – 1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

The commandments were summed up by Jesus with a heavy dose of love.

Mark 12:30-31 – 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’   31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.”

Today – and throughout the rest of our lives – we should be working on being more loving.  Allowing the fruit of love to invade our very being.  For some that is easier – because it is their nature to be loving.  For some – this will be a task – but it will help us produce a better attitude and will help us be a better witness for Christ.

Love one another – even as Christ loved us.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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December 20, 2010 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey | , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. This post begs a couple of questions. 1) How do we be more loving? We seem so preoccupied with being right, winning, achieving, etc. that we have forgotten the very meaning of the word. 2) Who is the neighbor we are supposed to love? And who defines the love we are supposed to show? As a church we don’t do a very good job so where do we turn to understand that love.

    … so the questions are a little rhetorical but we all need to think about just how it is we shape the love we are to show our neighbors. We need to leave our preconceived ideas and conditions for loving somewhere else and be willing to know and love each other.

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    Comment by Jan | December 29, 2010 | Reply

    • Jan, good questions.

      I might add – we don’t need to put aside truth or our beliefs to love someone. God loves us – even when we are not faithful.

      According to John Wesley – “the world is our parish” – so I would say everyone would be the answer to “who is our neighbor”. But as a local church or an individual Christan – we might be called to a certain town or area to focus the majority of our ministry (but not all of it). We can send mission teams or mission money to other areas but the place we will have the biggest impact will be the place our witness is seen the most. Just my thought.

      Thanks again for your comments. Miss you!

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      Comment by raymcdonald | December 29, 2010 | Reply


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