The gift of love
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
The fruit of the Spirit is love from which flows all the other attributes mentioned in the scripture above. Love is of God, for God is love (1 John.4:8), and that love is shed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5).
God showed this love when sending his Son to die for all people. Jesus expressed this love by going to the cross, taking our sin upon himself so that we can receive eternal life.
There is a hymn that reminds me of that love, with words:
How marvellous, how wonderful, is my Saviour’s Love for me.
As it shows in Luke 11:11-13 as much as parents love their children, how much more is our Father willing to give his Holy Spirit to those who ask him?
The love of God is also defined in I Corinthians 13: 4-8: ‘Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love3 does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…’
Love is active. Love does not hate anyone. Christians exercising this love of God, give to God the glory.
The world needs this love.
Holy Father, thank You for Your Love. Help me to manifest this fruit of the Holy Spirit in my life. I pray and ask this in the name of Jesus, Amen.
Study by Natu Moti
About the writer:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham congregation of Grace Communion International.
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