The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
1. What fruit are you focusing on this fruit this week?
The greatest fruit of God’s Spirit in our life is love. I want to be rooted in the love of Christ, anchored in Him, supported by Him. Deep roots = firm foundations.
2. How does the Bible define this fruit?
l LOVE this verse…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God Eph. 3:14-19.
Being rooted and grounded in love–The word translated “grounded” here represents a strong foundation – a Christian’s foundation is upon the love of Christ. Jesus summarized the law of God in two commands:
“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.
On these two commandments
depend all the law and the prophets.
3. How does the world’s definition of this fruit differ from God’s definition?
Love has been the theme of poems, stories, plays and movies, but the world suffers from the lack of it. What the world calls “love” is usually a romantic feeling between a man and a woman, although even people in the world understand loving children. The Greeks had many kinds of love and a different word for each of them. The world’s focus on love is as something we ‘get’ more than give. The love of the fruit of the Spirit is self-sacrificing.
4. How does God reveal this fruit?
God loves us with genuine unconditional love. He loved us in the womb; He loved us while we were yet sinners (Romans 6:8). God is an awesome God of love ready, willing, and able to provide for all our needs. He takes great delight in meeting our needs and showing us love. Many times we are so focused on our needs we lose focus of His rich love for us. He desires intimacy with us. God holds us accountable for what we say and do; it’s an expression of His perfect love. It takes tremendous vision to comprehend the depth of God’s love, just as it takes a huge telescope to begin to comprehend the size of the universe. God placed His love in each of us. He created us to love Him and to be loved by Him.
5. Share an example of the presence of this fruit in someone’s life.
Christ showed the ultimate love by example through His sacrifice. 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. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
My Grandmother was a self-sacrificing, loving person and had a huge impact on my life. You can read about her here.
6. How does fruit or lack of it in our life affect others? (spouse, children, friends)
When Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. When I’m walking in my unloving flesh our entire house hold is out of whack. It’s like a domino effect. I can still serve my family and complete all my household duties, but if it’s done selfishly, without love it’s worthless as clanging cymbals. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
7. What can you do to express more of this fruit in your character?
The way we can express our love to God is through obedience and by being compassionate and forgiving toward others just as He has forgiven us. We show love, not in words, but in actions.
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:16-18
If you love me, you will keep my commandments…Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him…”Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me. John 14:15, 21, 23, 24
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
Every opportunity to love others honors the Lord and draw us closer to Him.
Learn more about the Fruit of the Spirit Friday meme here. Answer the seven prompts on the fruit of your choice or write anything you fell lead to on this topic then post your link to your URL below to share with others.
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