Confessions of a Pastor's Wife~a big ole bite of fruit: Love
Love? ugh! Some days I don't feel like it and I have plenty of arugments with myself on why I don't want to love like Jesus! At times this love includes loving the unlovable and loving hard! It's day's like these I have to check myself, it's obvious I'm not allowing Him to guide my life. (Galatians 5: 16)
This fruit of the Spirit we talk of, well we're to be intentional to live it out. It is no coincidence that the fruit of the Spirit is love...
If God intends for us to include the "fruit" then I need a full on tutorial of how it works, I don't want to be all churchy or religious either.
We can easily spout out the familiar passage
"But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." (Galatians 5:22-23 NLT)
Keeping in context of Paul's writings gives us understanding on how to transfer a memory verse from our minds to our lifestyle.
Research shows His fruit can't be manufactured. Love is the by product of growing, in the knowledge, of the Lord. The Spirit causes such growth—it’s not our efforts, but the power of the Holy Spirit. Here's the thing: no amount of hard work can produce fruit, the Spirit impacts a yielded heart working external miracles.
The fruit of "love" is the highest form of love produced. We can't produce the type of love God desires without the leading and strength of the Holy Spirit.
I love my food, I love my dog, I love my family! the word love in the English language has a vast meaning. The Greek word "love" translates agape - that which the Holy Spirit reveals.
Gotquestions.org says agape "love is self-sacrifice". This love is not sexual or romantic, not based on feelings or emotionalism, but it's a choice. It's the decision to be kind and considerate putting others' needs above our own.
On those days I don't feel like loving are the exact days I need to be at the feet of Jesus. He will free me to love, real love, lasting love even when you aren't lovable. There's that!
(next week we'll take a look at "joy")