Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for Renewal at Brookhaven Hospital
There are nine defined fruits of the spirit that Galatians teaches us and today we are going to be talking about the fruit of love (Galatians 5:22).
The Fruits of the Spirit are a character growth process that God expects us to work to develop. God wants our Christian foundation to be rooted and grounded in love. Each of these fruits is not developed overnight. It is an ongoing process. If you don’t have love in your life, or you don’t feel loved by God, spend some time with Him and He will reveal his overwhelming love to you. There must be a repentance of the heart to feel the love of God. That is why God is asking us to embrace the fruit of love first. It is the very reason Jesus expressed his love for us on the cross when He said, “Father, forgive them [us] for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
Love does not insist of having it your own way. Love does not behave unbecomingly. Love is not envious of others or boastful, vainglorious, puffed up or conceited. (2 Corinthians 10:18) Love is a verb that requires action. Love does not rejoice at injustice and love asks for forgiveness even if the other person is at fault. For some, it takes faith to walk in love. But if you love God, you will obey his commandment to love one another as He continually loves us unconditionally. Spending time in His presence allows God’s love and mercy to enter your heart and fill your home with great peace.
Make a decision to walk in love. Love is a decision, and not just a feeling. Sometimes marriages end not for a lack of love, but because the couple allowed negative communication to go unchecked. Whatever fire of love that was there, was snuffed out by words of hate. Hate is the opposite of love. Ephesians is very clear about how to walk in love, “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice; and that ye be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:29-32).