“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

In the last devotional, I mentioned fruits of the spirit. The verse above describes the fruits. I will attempt to explain each over the next few days.

The fruits of the spirit are listed in a specific order by Paul for a reason. They are the order in which we experience them.

Love is the first fruit of the spirit. It is the cornerstone of the life we are called to live.

May think of love as an emotion to be felt. While you can feel loved, love in and of itself is a verb. It takes work and effort to love. The notion of “falling in love” and “falling out of love” is garbage psychology. “Falling in love” usually involves lust or describes an emotional bond formed between two parties. “Falling out of love” is a phrase used to describe someone unwilling to work on a relationship. Love takes work, it takes effort.

Not all love is romantic love. Eros is the Greek word for romantic love. Agape is the Greek word used to describe brotherly love. This is the word used when biblical figures talk about us being called to love one another.

Do not use the word love flippantly. It is a word used to describe something God calls us all to do to each other. Let us all learn to love one another as we love ourselves.

“But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.’ “

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