Fruit of the Spirit (Part 1)

Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”
The nine fruits of the spirit are listed above.  For the next 9 days, I will dive deeper into each topic.  Today’s topic is love.
Love.  Ancient Greece had four precise words for love: agápe, éros, philía, and storgē.  The love that we are going to focus today is agápe.  Agápe love is an unconditional love that God has for His creation.  The other types of love refer to relationships between man (Mother, father, brother, sister, husband, wife, or friends).  These are also created by God but only agápe love is how God loves His people.
God’s love knows no limits.  God’s love even went as far as death and resurrection, as when Jesus loved the world so much that He died on the cross (John 3:16).  This unconditional love goes beyond the comprehension of the human mind.  This type of love is the love that is referred to in this verse today.  Love should not come with strings attached or conditions applied.
I Corinthians 13:4-8, “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails.”
This world needs love.  This type of love.  God’s love that will save the world from sin and death.  Love is such an overused word in this day and age.  The word love has become watered down and weak.  Love is all too commonly used in reference to lust, a very strong desire for someone.  This love is mostly closely related to éros.  God’s love is not based on any sexual attraction to His creation.
Oh to have this type of love!  This is the type of love that Christians need.  With the amount of hate in this world, this love would truly conquer all.  No matter the person, there seems to be a lack of true love being shown, including from me.  This lesson is as much for me as for the world.  No one is perfect like God is perfect.  Therefore, God’s love is perfect.
Let us give God’s love an attempt.  Let us love like God loves.  The world can and will change if people will see others through the eyes of God, rather than man.  That is my challenge to myself and I challenge others as well.  Choose love, not hate.  Choose love because God wants us to, not simply because I am saying to do it.  God is love.  Choose God’s love today.
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for all your types of love.  Most of all, we are thankful for agápe love.  Thank you for lovingly sending your son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins.  Your love is what we need and your love is what we crave.  You know that this world is desperate for Your love.  I ask that you continue to shower Your love down on us and show us how to love as You love.  You alone are perfect.  You alone are awesome.  You alone are pure love.
In your loving and lovely name we pray,
Amen

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