The Fruits of the Spirit: Love

Devotion No. 2

November 2008

Galatians 5:22- “The Fruit of the Spirit is Love…”

In my first devotion I wrote about how we are to abide in God. We are to first abide in Him before we can ever produce the fruits of his spirit. Since we’ve learned how to abide in God we can start studying how to perfect the fruits of the spirit in our lives. This month we are going to concentrate on the fruit of Love. I want to study this fruit first because it is probably the most important characteristic as a saved person that you can show forth. In able to produce any other fruit of the Spirit, Love has to be active in your life.

In the Bible, there are three different types of love. There’s the Greek word phileo which is a brotherly love. This is where the name of our city Philadelphia comes from, meaning the city of brotherly love. There is the Greek word erros, which is the love between a husband and wife. It is an erotic or passionate love. Then there is the Greek word agape which is an affection or benevolence. This is the love that God bestows upon us. It is the strongest of the three different loves. Agape is the love of God. This is the love that we are commanded to produce in Galatians 5:22. We are to love others with the same kind of love God loves us with. John 13:34 says, “…that ye love one another: as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” You may say I’ll never be able to love like God… yes, that may be true, but we are commanded to TRY.

Many people think love is just this feeling that you experience. But love is not just a feeling, it is an action. You have to show someone you love them. You show someone you love them by your attitude toward them and the things you do for them. If God were to just say he loved us, but never showed it, we would never understand love. He showed us his love by sending his one and only son to die for us (John 3:16). To take our payment of sin upon himself by taking our place on the cross. It should have been us on that cruel cross! Jesus instead did it for us! (Romans 5:8). He was taking a chance on us. He knew that not everyone would accept him, yet Jesus died for us anyway. That’s love…doing something for someone without expecting anything in return.

Love is self sacrificing. It is putting yourself out of the way and doing whatever it takes to express that love toward someone. Love does not come easy. If it’s the sacrifice of self, it’s going to take a lot of effort. There are times when we don’t want to love. When we don’t want to show forth those acts of kindness. There are times when we want it to be all about us. We want all the attention. That is why love is an effort. It’s also an effort because we are commanded to love everyone.

Everyone: That means those that are good to you and those that do you wrong. Those of a different creed and culture! The Bible says that it’s easy for us to love them that love us (Luke 6:32-33). The effort comes in when we have to love those that do us wrong. Luke 6:27-28 says, “…Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you. Bless them that curse you, and pray for them that despitefully use you.” We have to make ourselves love people like this. Because I know for myself that when someone does me wrong, I don’t want to be very nice to them. I want to treat them how they treated me. But that’s not pleasing to God at all. God would turn the other cheek and love them no matter what. That’s why Jesus is our model for each one of the fruits of the Spirit. If you want to learn how to produce the fruits of the Spirit and you want to see how they are suppose to turn out, just look at the Lord Jesus. He is the only person on earth to have ever perfected all the fruits of the Spirit. In fact He is the creator, sustainer, and motivator of these fruits! AMEN!

In able for us to love anyone we have to be filled with God’s love. This is where the abiding in Him comes in. In 1 John 4:8 it says, “He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love.” God is love… we have to be filled with God in able to be filled with His love. We can only be filled with God if we accept his son as our Saviour. Accept the greatest act of love that has ever been shown to man. Jesus, God’s son, dying on the cross for our sins (1 John 4:9-10). Once we are saved, the love of God can be perfected in us by obeying God’s word (1 John 2:5). If we are obeying God’s word, then we’ll be loving others.

With the holidays coming up, I challenge you to sacrifice yourself and reach out and love someone that is least expecting it. No, don’t expect anything in return but it’ll be rewarding in the end! Trust me! God will reward us in the end, for showing forth His love to those that need it the most. His Word says in Luke 6:35, “But love ye your enemies, and do good and lend, hoping for nothing again, and your reward shall be great….”

In the few months to come we will be studying, Joy, the second fruit of the Spirit. If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Just email me at My sisters and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year. God Bless each one of you and remember to spread the love of Christ to all.

 

Isaiah 26:3-4

Emily Sampson