Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit: Love

This week, I'd like to remind us how important it is to display love. We know we love our families, our children, even our friends.

But do we portray the kind of love God has for us? He loves us so much, He sent His only Son to this earth to die for our sins! And Jesus was willing to do that for us, because He loves us infinitely more than we can imagine.

Are we willing to show others that kind of love?

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22, 23

To all who believe, He is as the tree of life in the Paradise of God. His branches reach to this world, that the blessings which He has purchased for us may be brought within our reach.... He has given us a Comforter, the Holy Spirit, which will present to us the precious fruit from the tree of life. From this tree we may pluck and eat, and we may then guide others to it, that they also may eat.

The man who loves God meditates on the law of God day and night. He is instant in season and out of season. He bears the fruit of a branch vitally connected with the Vine. As he has opportunity, he does good; and everywhere, at all times and in all places, he finds opportunity to work for God. He is one of the Lord's evergreen trees; and he carries fragrance with him wherever he goes. A wholesome atmosphere surrounds his soul. The beauty of his well-ordered life and godly conversation inspires faith and hope and courage in others. This is Christianity in practice. Seek to be an evergreen tree. Wear the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. Cherish the grace of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness. This is the fruit of the Christian tree. Planted by the rivers of water, it always brings forth its fruit in due season.

If we have the love of Christ in our souls, it will be a natural consequence for us to have all the other graces—joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance....

When the love of Christ is enshrined in the heart, ... His presence will be felt. ~My Life Today, p. 50, by E.G. White.

My prayer is that you will be willing to show all with whom you come in contact this powerful love God has for us.

This article was submitted to The Christian Home blog magazine.

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