It’s Day 18 of the “What Is Love? Challenge“, where for 29 days I’m sharing bible verses on Love so that we can gain a deeper understanding of the true meaning of Love according to God’s divine plan.
On Day 17 we talked about the only thing that counts in our relationship with God and today we’ll discuss the Fruit Of the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-26 English Standard Version (ESV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
The other day I had a conversation with a co-worker concerning Love and Marriage. She was telling me how her parents had such a beautiful marriage, almost 60 years of marriage…
You could hear the admiration she had for their love and that’s obviously what she wants and hopes for herself…but she admitted that it’s something very rare these days and almost unattainable.
She then proceeded to tell me that her mother told her that the reason marriages don’t last these days is because people no longer have that Selfless Love…
People have become very selfish and most of us can’t just love without expecting something in return…and if the other person fails to return the favor or reach our expectations we simply bail out….
Most of us live by our egos, the ego says we are entitled to receive things from others while the spirit says, “I don’t deserve anything, but through, God’s grace and mercy, I receive these gifts.”
When we are of Christ, we crucify our ego, our flesh, our passions and desires and are reborn. We are filled with God’s spirit and start to produce his fruit. The fruit of the Spirit is evidence of the presence of God in our life and our relationship with him.
Attempting to truly Love, have Joy, be Peaceful, Patient, Kind, Good, Faithful, Gentle and have Self-Control without the presence of God in our life or without having a relationship with God is a big and constant STRUGGLE… it’s much easier and natural to submit to our Flesh, our own desires/passions and ego…
When we try to live according to the “law”/a moral code using our own strength, we are simply living for our own satisfaction, boosting our own egos…
But if we surrender/ submit to God and allow his Spirit to work within us, by his grace and through Faith we’re able to effortlessly produce Fruit of the Spirit.
When we bear the Fruit Of Spirit, we glorify God and it becomes evident in our relationships with others.
Today, let’s thank God for the gift of the Spirit and his Fruit and acknowledge that we can’t walk by the Spirit on our own strength but that we need him to help us crucify our egos, flesh, desires and passions. Let us ask him to help us live a life that glorifies him through the Fruit of his Spirit. Amen
God Bless you,