The Fruit of the Spirit is Love

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Daily God Walk for Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The fruit of the Spirit is Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. – Galatians 5:22-23

When we think of the source of fruit we think of a fruit tree, or a berry vine. The picture we get from this passage in Galatians is a tree called Spirit which is bearing certain fruit. We call it “fruit of the Spirit.”
This fruit of the Spirit is much different than the fruit of a normal human life. The first fruit mentioned is love. The Greek word translated love is agape. This is a word that is unique to Scripture, it is not found anywhere else in Greek literature.
Agape is used in reference to the special kind of love which comes from God. In Scripture it is used relationship between the Father and the Son, Between Christ and his church, and between believers.
This fruit of the Spirit, love, agape, flows naturally from those who are born of the Spirit and walk in the Spirit. This love gives beyond what is reasonable, as in the example we are given in John 3:16, “For God so loved (agape) the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes upon would not perish but have everlasting life.”
Sometimes it is hard to love those closest to us and it is even harder to love those who persecute us and misuse us. It is downright impossible to love our enemies, yet we are called to do just that. How are we to do that?
It is the Spirit in us that loves the unlovely. When we are truly living in the Spirit He loves through us. I suppose a true test of whether we are living in the Spirit is to do a love check-up. Do you love as God loves?

Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace of being saturated, baptized, with agape love. In Jesus name, amen.

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