Sunday, February 5, 2012

Fruit of the Spirit - LOVE

But the fruit of the Spirit is LOVE, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.  Galatians 5:22 & 23

Today we will begin a nine part series that I call "Spiritual Fruit of the Month Club".  Have you ever seen or received a gift where you are entered into a club and once a month you are sent a box of fruit - a different kind of fruit each month?  Well, that is what we will be doing here - on the first Sunday of each month for the next nine months I will be sending you a digital box of "Spiritual Fruit."  We will study and try to use that fruit in our daily lives.

When we become a Christian we are filled with the Holy Spirit and these "fruits" (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) are the characteristics that overflow from us.

Today we will concentrate on LOVE.  I think we could spend the whole year studying "God's Love" - so many authors have written books solely on this subject.  However, we will only be spending 1 day on this subject and that's why I am narrowing it down to Love and fear.  Where there is love - no fear can exist.

"There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out all fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The man who fears is not made perfect in love." 1 John 4:18

The first thing that I thought of is that we must "fear" our heavenly Father - it says so all throughout the old testament.  There are many different kinds of love (eg in the Greek language - Agape, Eros etc) and I also believe that there are different kinds of fear.  I believe that as children of God, we are to respect, honor, revere and admire Him - instead of the modern day meaning of "fear" (terror, panic, dread and horror).

"Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." 1 Corinthians 13:7

When I read "there is no fear in love" - I recalled when my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma...... I was afraid.....terrified even.  My love for him wanted to protect him but of course in my own power I was helpless.  We had to trust in God and hope for the future and in so doing we were able to persevere.  It's all about love - love never fails.

Please take some time this month to read
1 Corinthians 13 (the entire chapter) - it is all about LOVE.  Also, let us try to use this Spiritual fruit box of - LOVE in our daily lives.

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