But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Paul tells us in Galations that we are to live and walk out of the Spirit rather than the flesh. And Paul tells us that the Fruit from walking in the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The Fruit is a result of the Holy Spirit’s presence in each of us. We were born in the image of Christ. And the Holy Spirit works through each of us to make us more and more like Jesus.
Our whole life is us being transformed to look, talk, walk, speak and be like Jesus. Love is just one way that we get to be more like Him. We talk about love all the time but I wanted to see exactly who Jesus tells us to love.
Jesus tells us to:
love Him (Matthew 22:37-39)
love ourselves (John 13:34-35)
love one another (Matthew: 22:39)
love our enemies (Matthew 5:43-48)
We are human, and it sometimes is hard to love our best friends let alone people who have really hurt us. But that is where the Holy Spirit comes in. We get to rely on the the Holy Spirit in each of us. That means when your roommate doesn't do the dishes—that we still are called to love them. Or when our parents are frustrating when we go home over break— we still are called to love them. Or when someone intentionally does something to hurt us— we are still called to love them. God doesn't call us to be best friends with every single person on this earth, but He does call us to love everyone. In John 3:16 we are told that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” That doesn't say that God so loved the people who loved Him or God so loved the people who were easy to love. That wasn't a conditional statement. It says that He so loved the world. And so with the Holy Spirit inside of us we also get to love the world. My challenge to you is to start to ask Him for eyes to see people like He does. Ask that you would be able to see through His lens through ours. Think of how He loves you and then you get to model that to everyone around you.
God, I thank you that you so love the world and you gave your one and only son for us. Thank you that we get to become like you more and more everyday. God, would you come and make us more aware of the way you love and the way you see your children. Come and let us love more like you do.