A guest post on love by Carolina Frederick
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Love, The Most Important Fruit of The Spirit
Last spring I notice that a weird vine was growing behind our backyard. The leaves were big and bright green and it ran from our backyard to our neighbors.
We had no idea what kind of plant it was. We googled it, we asked our neighbors and nobody knew anything about that vine.
Then one day, I discovered underneath all the leaves the fruit of the vine. It was passion fruit!!! How in the world did it make it to my backyard? I don’t know but there it was.
Just like I was able to tell which plant it was by the fruit it produced, the same rule applies to us.
In Matthew 7:16 Jesus tells us that we will recognize a person by the fruit they produce. As children of God, we need to be producing the fruits of the Spirit of God.
The fruits of The Spirit are:
love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Love is the most important fruit of The Spirit.
Why is love the most important fruit of The Spirit?
Every single one of the fruits are important, but what makes love the most important fruit is:
Without Love you can’t have any other fruit.
All the other fruits operate from love. You can’t have kindness or faithfulness if you don’t have love.
Love is the most important fruit because if you don’t have love, then you don’t have God because God is love.
And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him.
1 John 4:16
What does love represent?
A year ago I was working in an elementary school. Every time I was at work I had to wear a badge.
This badge not only opened locked doors for me, it also let people know that I work there. When I was wearing my badge I was representing the school and the school district I worked for.
When we walk and talk in love, we are representing our God. People can see the love of God through us.
Like it or not, people are always watching. When we say we are Christians people have higher expectations of us. And they should!
We represent our Father so our actions and our words are more important than we know. God is love, that’s what this world needs and that needs to be who we are also.
The Purpose of Love
When I was a little girl, I would pray every night and I would ask God to forgive me for all of my sins. I would beg Him to please don’t send me to hell.
You see, the God I knew was not a loving Father, He was a strict God that would punish you every time you did something bad.
I do remember hearing that God loved me but it wasn’t until I experienced that love that my life completely changed.
We all know right from wrong, we all know that God hates sin. But people need to know that God loves them unconditionally.
They need to know that there is nothing they can do that would make God love them less. And because He loves them so, He gave up His most beloved treasure, Jesus.
Jesus paid the price of all the sin, past, present and future. We have been forgiven! There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God.
God is waiting for people to turn to Him, not to condemn them but to love them, because God is love.
The purpose of love is for us to be a reflection of God’s love towards people. God loves people through us and people can experience His love through us too.
Love in Action
When a person is full of God, that person is also full of love, and that love it’s going to spill over. That love is going to show in all areas of our lives.
He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.
1 John 4:8
Love is action. So, it’s not only the way we talk, but more importantly, the way we act.
Remember that you can choose to walk in love. Love has more to do with what we do than what we think or feel.
Here are a few examples of love in action:
- Seeing people the way God sees them.
- Treating people with love and kindness.
- Giving to others.
- Going out of your way to be a blessing to others.
- Not judging.
- Sharing the gospel.
- Being a good friend.
- Being faithful to your spouse, to your friends, to your church, etc.
- Praying for people.
- Being patient.
- Putting others needs before your own.
- Being there in time of need.
- Forgiving those who hurt you.
The love that we are talking about here is not the love the world knows. We are talking about the God kind of love.
God’s kind of love is described here:
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13
This kind of love only comes from God. The only way to have God’s kind of love is through having a Personal Relationship with God.
The closer you are to God the more you will get to know Him and be more like Him. The more we grow in our walk The Lord, the more He will work in our lives if we let Him.
The Bible tells us in Romans 5:5, that The Love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts by The Holy Spirit. So His love is there, in your heart.
You are capable of having the 1 Corinthians 13 kind of love.
But if you are having trouble in this area, ask Him to help you love like He does because Jesus said ask and you will receive.
Let your light shine and let your love, love, so that others can see your love and be drawn to God through it.
Carolina was born in the beautiful country of Costa Rica. She is a wife, mom of 2 boys, and 2 dogs and a Sunday school teacher. Proud to be a Texan and to call Houston her home. She studied Biblical and Ministerial Studies and graduated from Harvest School of Ministry. She writes at http://www.ourkingdomculture.com, a Christ-centered blog dedicated to help and encourage women to live a beautiful kingdom life. You can also find Carolina on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!