But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. There is no law against these things!
How do we see Christ in our lives? How do we know He is there? Have we been transformed? Reborn? I don’t think we see a physical change or wake up with a brand new makeover or wardrobe? What evidence is there to show that we have received the Holy Spirit given to us through faith in Christ? I believe we as people can easily be tripped up and consumed by this world that we will lose focus of Jesus. The fruits of the Spirit are evidence that our hearts are rooted in Jesus and our souls are watered by the Holy Spirit. We are born again, we are growing in faith. “…every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown in the fire.” Matthew 3:10. Yes, we have evidence that we have been planted in Christ through our faith and his Holy Spirit. (Matthew 7:15-20)
Love – ahavah
I think of all these fruits of the Spirit, love is probably the most important and hardest one for us to truly grasp. What is love? Is it an action or is it a feeling? I think most of us know when we feel love but how do we see it as a fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives? I think to answer this question, we must turn to what the scriptures have written and teach us about love.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. (1 John 4:16b)
Scripture gives us direct qualities of love. Jealousy, pride, rudeness, irritability – how many times have we let these emotions control us and our actions towards others. That’s the first thing that comes to my mind, all the times I have fallen short. I’ve been irritable and rude to some of the closest people I love. I’ve boasted about myself and things I have done out of my own pride. I have been impatient and unkind to others and I feel it’s often the people we love the most that we don’t always show love to.
These are the times Satan wins. We let our emotions turn our love into just the opposite. Emotions are false. Emotions will lead us onto the path to destruction if we allow them. See, when we let our emotions control our actions and words, we aren’t allowing God control over lives. We can’t serve two masters, God and our emotions. Our emotions aren’t as obvious as many of the false gods we see present in this world but anything that we allow to control us and lead us away from God and his love is a false god, even if it is our own thoughts.
So as Christians, we are called to love one another unconditionally. At the center of that love is forgiveness. It is easy to love someone that hasn’t wronged us but when there is hurt attached, we know that isn’t easy. We must make every effort and pray to the Holy Spirit that we can love and show mercy just as we have been shown through Christ.