Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to be studying the different fruit of the Spirit. What is a fruit of the Spirit you may ask? Well, I’d say that they are the essential qualities that make a fruitful life in the Holy Spirit possible. Here is what the Bible has to say about it:
“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)
Today, we will start with the fruit of love. All you need is love. Love like crazy. Lovin’ him was red. I could keep rolling off a million song lyrics about love, but I’ll just stick with these for now. I find that there are different types of love. One being the gushy mushy love of a significant other. A second type of love is the deep passion for something you enjoy doing or believe in. Lastly, love can be the unfailing care for everyone around you. What kind of love do you possess? What kind of love does God possess?
“The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31)
There are certain people in this world who may have caused you pain or have done wrong to you and others. It’s hard to love them because of the anger you have towards them. However, we must think about how God loves us. I mean, we all have done wrong to one another. We all have our ugly moments, but does God stop loving us? The Lord has unfailing love for each and everyone one of us. What would life look like if we all had unfailing love for one another? In the above Bible verse, the Lord is commanding us to love the people around us as much as we love ourselves. This is the greatest commandment of all. The Lord’s greatest yearning is for His people to love one another.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)
It’s a good feeling to know that it’s alright to mess up. Everyone sins, and everyone can be forgiven. What is the best way to make up for your sins? I’d say by loving. That is what the Lord is trying to point out in 1 Peter 4:8. Love can help restore all different types of sins. Notice how this verse says, “Above all”. Once again, the Lord is telling us that loving each other is the best thing to do on this earth. Above everything in the whole entire universe, love deeply. Loving one another can be shown in multiple forms. By speaking kind words to showing compassion to others, love can be displayed.
My favorite bible verse on love is this one:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (13:4-7)
What I love about it is all of the little different definitions of what love is. If you are looking on ways to love, this verse will show you the multiple aspects of what love is. Whenever I’m frustrated with loving someone or something, I look to this verse and take a part of it to keep in mind. The best part of this verse is “love never fails”. You cannot fail when you love. Nobody can succeed in this life without love. Love is a fruit of the Spirit.
When you face frustration this week with another person, take a step back for a second and think about how to react with love. Some ways of doing this is having patience with the person or stopping your tongue from being rude. It will be a challenge, but God begs us to do this.
Lord, let me love others as much I love myself. Even in the hardest of circumstances, help me love. You have loved me with an everlasting love, so let me return the favor to others. Lead me to discover the fruit of the Spirit with You over the next couple of weeks. Amen.