Love of God 22

“The fruit of the Spirit is love,
joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”
(Galatians 5:22-23)

Reflection:
God is a God of Love.

This being the case we would expect that the main characteristic of Jesus Christ would be love. We become united to Him in our new birth as Christians and so, using His illustration of being the Vine and we the branches, we would understand that it would also be love that flowed into us from Him.

“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”  (John 13:35)

This is confirmed in the gift of the Holy Spirit where the first segment of the fruit that He produces in us is also that important one of love. It is also the gift of God that He pours into our hearts.

“God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us”  (Romans 5:5)

The first step is to believe in God’s love.  The second is to receive God’s love.  The third is to conceive God’s love for others.  The final step is to deliver His love around us. All of this is the work of the Holy Spirit as we allow Him to move and work within us.

Response:

“We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19)

Prayer:

“I pray that out of His glorious riches (God) may strengthen (me) with power through His Spirit in (my) inner being, so that Christ may dwell in (my) heart through faith. And I pray that .., being rooted and established in love, (I) may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that (I) may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:16-19)

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