Fruit of the Spirit- Love
by Timothy Whitt
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What is Love? The dictionary defines love as: a deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness.
Godís Word describes love as patient, kind and more in 1Corinthians 13:4
Love in the original Greek that New Testament was written in cam be translated in a number of different ways, agape, eros, and philos. For our purpose we are going to agape, which is an unconditional love.
To understand what love is we must first understand who the source of love is.
1 John 4:8 states that God is Love. So it stands to reason that God is the source of love. For centuryís man has been trying to understand what the concept of love really is Well if you use the dictionary definition you will see two words that I feel can best describe Godís love and the model God wants us to use when we show what true love is. Those words are kinship and oneness. We all no matter who we are were created by God, in his spiritual image so we are all related spiritually and are all one in God.
I think the minute we understand that we are all one in God we will start to understand and use Godís definition of love as found 1 Corinthians 4:13, Love is patient, kind..Ē Nowhere is this more relevant than in Godís love for us through Christ.
Godís love in Christ
If we are to exist this should be the heart of our love, our kinship. To show this kinship with us Godís love came to us in the form of Jesus. The Bible says in John 3:16 that God so loved the world that He sent His Son, to what? The answer is easy, to die for us.
Jesus came to us out of love, Godís love. The Bible says in 1 John 4:10 sums it up best when John says that ďHerein is love, not that we loved God, but that God loved us and sent His SonĒ. The righteous God came and died for the unrighteous, He who had no sin died for the sinners.
Jesusí Love for Us
We have already talked about how Jesus came to die for us, but that is not the whole story. Jesus loved us other wise He would not have come. Sometimes we take for granted the fact that Jesus died on the cross and we forget the rest of the story, His life and ministry here. Jesus not only showed us love by dying for us He showed us love by physically healing those He came in contact with and after His resurrection spiritually healing us when we come to Him.
See the stripes but also see the hands in acts of kindness and true love
Jesus loved the rich young ruler Mark 10:21
Jesus loved Mary, Martha and Lazarus John 11:5
The list could go on and on and on. Jesus is love, everything he did on earth was to show love and teach us how to love God.
It is amazing to think that God could now touch His creation in a physical way and show love in a way that was not possible before. Think about it as Jesus grew he felt the love of His mother, the love of His earthy father and the love of His friends His fiends. Even with all that love, God also felt the rejection of His creation. I can hardly imagine the sadness that Jesus felt as He looked down upon the city of Jerusalem and wept. That is love.
Now we are left with one of two choices to love God or reject Godís love
Out of love God chose the nation of Israel to be His messengers and to spread the Gospel, but as all humans are prone to do they and we rejected the love of God.
The Bible says that because we Ďturned from the truthĒ, Jesus was crucified. What is the truth that God loves us and wants us to come back to Him. From of the moment of creation we were meant to love God, but when our eyes were opened we tried to come up with all kinds of ways to replace God. Why? Because sin requires a replacement for truth in order to satisfy a desire that can only be filled by God. Kind of Ironic isnít it? We seek to replace God but only God Ďs love and our love for God can satisfy our deepest need which once again is? You guessed it, Love.
So all the time that we do not have ďthe love of God in our heartsĒ, John 5:42 we are seeking false hopes, false desires and false loves. That is why there is so much sadness in this world because love is not true love from God, only Satanís misrepresentation. The father of lies, Satan, seeks to make us feel that we know better than God as to what love is, by showing us what it isnít.
In the end we can only love by becoming one with God in heart, mind and soul. Then will see and feel love.
The question still remains, What is Love? The answer has to be giving everything we have to others with no string attached that is what Jesus did and what we are called to do here and now?
The first fruit is love because you must have love before you can experience the other fruits of the Spirit.
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