Fruit of the Spirit Series: The Fruit of the Spirit is Love

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…

In verse 25, Paul adds If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. The way we handle ourselves should be in line with these attributes of the Holy Spirit. The first of these is love.

By my count, the Bible has the word ‘love’ translated into it 503* times.  That’s a big deal! When Paul was writing his letter to the Galatians, I think there is a reason he chose to list love as the first quality of walking with the Spirit. In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he said, So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13).  If you look at Mark 12:29-31, you will see Jesus said there was no greater command than to love our neighbors as ourselves (and the first command to love our Lord God with everything we have).  There is definitely no shortage of instruction to love in the Bible. So, what is Biblical love? How can we show it?

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Fruit of the Spirit Series – Who is the Holy Spirit?

John 14:15-17 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you…”

I am starting a blog series on the fruit of the Spirit. First, let’s take a look at who exactly the Holy Spirit is. Jesus told His disciples that He would leave this world, but would not leave them alone. He was leaving them the Holy Spirit, a “Helper”, to be with us always. So what exactly does the Bible say about the Holy Spirit and how can you know if you have Him in you?

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Forgiveness: What Does the Bible Say About Forgiveness?

Matthew 6:14-15  For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

The basic point of this post is that if you want forgiveness from our Father, you’re going to have to give it to others; whether you think they deserve it or not.  This is a truly difficult concept and I’ve recently had my eyes opened into what forgiveness actually is and I’d like to share that with you.

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Why is God Making Me Wait?

Micah 7:7  But as for me, I will look to the Lord;  I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.

We’ve all been there.  We’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting for God to hear us, to give us some sort of sign or guidance.  Maybe you’re going through this right now.  This has to be one of the most difficult things for me as a Christian.  I think this is mostly because of how incredibly close I feel to God when I do get an answer right away.  When I don’t get an answer, I start to feel forgotten or rejected.  Have you felt this separation and perhaps even frustration?

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Handling Distractions


1 Corinthians 7:35

I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.

This life sure gets busy, doesn’t it?  It’s so easy to get wrapped up in all our obligations and get distracted from our relationship with God.  If this happens to you, I assure you that you are not alone!

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This One’s For the Moms!


Proverbs 31:25-30  Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

I could have put all of Proverbs 31 in this post, but that would get a bit lengthy.  But, if you get a chance, please head to your Bible and read it in its entirety.  It’s truly worth it.  Do you ever feel like you work so hard to take care of your family and no one even notices?  When you feel that way, remember God sees all you are doing.

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Giving God Leftovers


Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Now, I’ll admit.  I’m a mom and a wife, among many other roles, so I love leftovers!  But when it comes to our incredible God, I certainly don’t want to give Him any leftovers!

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Trying to Do it All


Luke 10:40-42
But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Are you a Mary or a Martha?  I know most of us women are a combination of both depending on the day!  I was thinking about this in the chaos of today.  If you’re not familiar with the Bible’s story of Mary and Martha, I will summarize it for you (though I highly recommend you read about it in Luke 10!).  Mary and Martha were sisters and they welcomed Jesus into their home.  Martha was so worried about getting everything just right, she didn’t get a chance to sit down and talk with Jesus.  Mary was rubbing His feet with oils and speaking with Him; putting everything on hold to get the most of her time with the Lord.

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Spring: The Season of Hope


Song of Solomon 2:11-12  For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

I just love the spring. Birds are chirping, squirrels are frolicking, the grass is starting to green, flowers are starting to come up from the ground, and colors are coming back to the earth.  This is such a beautiful reminder from the Father of our new life in Him. After such a dark period with no leaves on the trees and dead grass, there is now hope for what we know is coming. Flowers, colorful birds, bright green leaves, and new life all around us.

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Making the Father Proud


John 15:9  As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.

Ladies, do you ever think Jesus is looking down at what we are doing with this look on His face?  I know I do!  Sometimes I wonder how He could still love me with the things I’ve done.  But as this verse shows us, Jesus loves us.  If you take a deeper look, it says He loves us as the Father loves Him.  Wow!  That’s a lot of love.  The truth is, Jesus is the only one who is capable of loving us unconditionally.  Even when we scream at our kids, get snippy with our husbands, or have a breakdown over the dirt someone carried through the house with their shoes on, He loves us!

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