Fruits of the Spirit: Love.

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What better time to talk about this fruit than valentines day, right? Love. Its a word that in some, if not all cases, appears to have been misused, overused, misunderstood, taken for granted, abused, abandoned, disrespected, lied on, rebelled on. (And I’m just talking about the word itself, let alone the people who dare use the word in vain).That’s merely a duplicate, a poor replica of what love really is… the “love” that gets trampled on, and misused, is only temporary. It doesn’t last….

There is, however, a love that no matter who misuses it, or if we simply relive the realization that this world needs more of it each and every day..is that it’s an UNLIMITED SUPPLY of it.  You can always make more of it. It doesn’t have an inflated price on it like gas, so it never loses its value, despite contrary belief. It’s ALWAYS there, ABUNDANTLY FLOWING. 

So where can I get this unlimited supply of love that’s always there??? And what’s so special about this love, contrary to what “I” think love is??? 

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16.

 God loved us THAT much that He took His Son and  took His life as a sacrifice for us, and He calls for us to believe in Him and believe in the purpose of His son Jesus Christ death on the cross for our sins. That wasn’t done of religion on Christ’s behalf, or abandonment on God’s behalf, neglecting his Son, NO, that was done out of love.

When you love, you make sacrifices. BUT you also obey!! Obedience is better than sacrifice, but Love is fulfilled by doing BOTH!!

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” -Matthew 22:37-40

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love……My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this:to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. -John 15:9-10,12-13. 

Love must be sincere. Hate what is eveil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. -Romans 12:9-10

For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another…….This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters -1 John 3:11,16

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love……This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God: but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. -1 John 4:7,10-12

God’s love is purely amazing. Nothing else comes close to it. we can’t ever match it, but we can live in it. We won’t be able to love somebody more than He loves them, we won’t even be able to love ourselves as much as He love us, but it’s HIS love that makes it possible to share love, and be loved.

Thanks to Him, we have the honest, and RIGHT way to love one another. We are to esteem one another above our own self. Considering other’s interest above ours. We should give before we receive. Most importantly, we shouldn’t ever walk around expecting to be love, without showing some first. You shouldn’t have the mindset of Oh, since they don’t show me love, than I won’t show them any. That’s not how it works. Since HE loved us first, WE should love one another. it’s that simple.

Now lovers, those of you who are in a relationship, seriously dating, or happily married, first, I praise God for all of you, and pray that He leads and guides you in your own relationships with each other and continue to diligently seek Him!! Second, I haven’t forgot about you all. 

Bearing the fruit of love in a relationship is definitely a delight. Whether starting off dating, or married for years, having a Godly love in your relationship is so vital, I can’t say that enough…. but what makes that love in a relationship Godly??? 

Let’s see what God’s Word says..

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. -Ephesians 5:21-24

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up or her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. -Ephesians 5:25-28

Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. -1 Peter 3:1-6

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.  -1 Peter 3:7

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. – Proverbs 31:10-12

He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord. -Proverbs 18:22

The scriptures in Ephesians 5 and 1 Peter 3 basically speak from themselves, so I wont even offer my commentary. But i added the two Proverbs scriptures for those of you, including myself, that may be in a season of dating or singleness. Those scriptures in Proverbs were written, I believe, to show those who are single who it is they should be looking for. [in this case, my single brothers, the type of woman in Proverbs 31 is the one you should be praying for and setting your sights on, not the one in Proverbs 5, and 7.] 

Then there is the group of people who are in a season of courtship, Godly dating, or may be already engaged. This is the season where you must seek God even more. Because this is the time when you will decide if this person is the one for you. If this person lines up with the Word of God, and God has placed it on your heart that there’s no other one for you, then there will be more fruit to bear in that relationship!!

No matter the personal season that you’re in, you can ALWAYS bear the fruit of love. Share with your family, your friends, co-workers or classmates, Share with a complete stranger. Remember The fruit that bears so plentiful is LOVE!!! It’s the fruit that’s sweet to the taste, and it’s the fruit that is so sweet to produce!!

Love is patient, love is kind. it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres. -1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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