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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