But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
As believers in Christ, we are called to bear good fruit. This is presented in the passage of the “fruit of the spirit” in Galatians 5. We are called to love. To be joyful. To be patient. Kind. Good. Faithful. Gentle. Have self-control. How, you might ask, do I do all these things? I can’t be patient all the time. I can’t be kind to everyone. I can’t always love. Having self-control is hard. And being joyful in times of sorrow?
At times, it seems impossible. But through the work of sanctification, the process of being made Holy, we are able to produce good fruit.
Through the course of a series of posts, I will be going over the different fruit of the spirits and showing you how you can live them out in your lives. Because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner (like, tomorrow), I thought I’d start out with the first; love.
L O V E
What is love? Is it just a mere emotion? A deep affection? A longing or desire for something more?
Yes, it’s all of those descriptions to us. Those are our definitions of love. We have many. The world has twisted the meaning of love, ever since the fall in the garden. But there is someone greater than all of these descriptions, something bigger than all of our worldly definitions.
1 John 4:19 says, “We love Him, because he first loved us.” This is an amazing love. He loved us while we were yet sinners. This love is so great that God sent his only son to die on the cross for us! He took all the blame, all the punishment, all the cruelty of death upon himself for us. That’s love.
Our kind of love is conditional. But God’s love is unconditional. It’s not based on feelings or emotions. We choose to reject God, but He builds the bridge between us and Himself. He mends the gap. Fills the hungry with the bread of life. Heals the brokenhearted. He’s a loving Father because He is love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 is an amazing passage describing how we ought to live as a Christian in love. Explore the passage:
- Love is patient (bearing calmly without complaint),
- love is kind (considerate nature)
- and is not jealous (envious of what others have or obtain);
- love does not brag (talk with self-satisfaction about achievements or abilities)
- and is not arrogant (talking up about one’s self),
- does not act unbecomingly (acts out of ordinary or out-of-place),
- it does not seek its own (is selfless, not selfish),
- is not provoked (easily angered),
- does not take into account a wrong suffered (holding a grudge),
- does not rejoice in unrighteousness (in sinful actions or desires),
- but rejoices with the truth (in all things giving glory to God);
- bears all things (supports),
- believes all things (has faith in God for the future),
- hopes all things (trusts in Him),
- endures all things (stays faithful to the end).
How are we to share the love of Christ? It’s not hard. Here are a few simple ways to live out the love of Christ in your life. In whatever you do:
- Give thanks to God.
- Pray to Him continually for others.
- Obey God’s commands.
- Talk to others about Him and what His word teaches.
- Praise Jesus for what He has and will do for you.
- Glorify Him through your words, deeds, and actions.
Through this, others will see the light of Christ and the great love he has for his children. Remember, people mess up. They make mistakes. They aren’t perfect. But you are to love them. Why? Because Christ did the same for you.
This month, and for the years to come, don’t just think about man’s conditional, emotional, tangible love. Think about what love really is and share this love with those who need Him most.
+ LET’S GET CHATTY
What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Are you a #singlepringle like me? (If so, chocolate, anyone? 😛 )