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The Fruits of the Spirit – Love

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.

82015 RayOver the next few days we will examine the Fruits of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5. We’ve written a lot about attitude over the years.  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 seems easier – because it might be their nature to be loving.  For some – this may 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.


October 6, 2015 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , ,

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