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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You’re a New Christian: What Now?

Romans 10:9-10 …because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

You’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior. That’s incredible! Congratulations! So, what are the next steps? What should you expect in the near future?

There are many ways to grow your faith, but the first and foremost is being in God’s word. The Bible is the word of God (See 2 Timothy 3:16-17), given to us to fulfill all our needs.

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Accept the Gift of Salvation


Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.

This is a verse I see a lot of people struggle with.  The thought that there is nothing we can do to ensure our salvation is a scary one.  But it also can be a very humbling and comforting thought.

If we dissect this verse a bit, we find that through our faith we are saved by God’s grace.  Paul tells us this grace comes to us, not because of anything we did or didn’t do, but it is a gift from God.  Have you ever thought that you don’t deserve this gift?  I struggled with this for a long time.

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My Husband Isn’t Making Me Happy

Ephesians 4:2-3: “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

I’ve heard so many women say this to me. ‘He just doesn’t make me happy anymore’.  Know first that I sympathize with you, and I have felt this way on several occasions. And it’s a devastating feeling.  But also know, that it is not your husband’s job to make you happy.

Happiness comes from within you. It is not something someone else is required to give you on a daily basis. I am here to tell you, true happiness can only be found in a strong relationship with the Father.

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What is an Idol?



Isaiah 2:8 Their land is filled with idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their own fingers have made.

Do you know what idols are? Many people think they are statues that ancient religions worshipped. However, idols can be many many things. An idol is anything you put ahead of God in level of importance.

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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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