Spiritual Fruit of Love

The spiritual fruit of love is the first fruit of the Holy Spirit.

It is the key to all the other manifestations, such as peace, joy, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and selfcontrol. It holds them all in place.

Paul says that love is the most important and greatest gift, surpassing gifts of tongues, prophecy, knowledge and faith. Without love, all the other spiritual gifts means nothing to him.

Fruit of the Spirit Love

Paul describes love in First Corinthians 13 as :

  • kind
  • does not envy
  • does not parade itself
  • not puffed up
  • does not behave rudely
  • does not seek its own
  • not provoked does not rejoice in inquity
  • rejoices in the truth
  • bears all things
  • endures all things
  • never fails

    Love must be really important if God has included an entire chapter just to describe it. God sent Jesus to redeem us because God loves us. Jesus is willing to suffer and die on the cross because He loves us. Love is the primary motivating factor of God!

    Supernatural love, the kind of love that Jesus has, is given to us by the Holy Spirit. Romans 5:5 says that "the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

    It is important to note that this spiritual fruit of love is not just an emotion or feeling. It is a decision. The Holy Spirit causes us to make that decision to love others even when they are not lovely, or even if they hate and persecute us.

    It is Paul's desire for Christians that "your love may abound more and more in knowledge and all discernment (Phi 1:9)." To "abound more" means to "grow more abundantly".

    The Holy Spirit wants our love grow so abundantly that it will not only chase people, but to overtake and overwhelm them.

    When we manifest the spiritual fruit of love in our lives, sinners will be drawn to us like how they were drawn to Jesus.

    That is when we can confidently and effectively point them to Jesus.

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