Part 2 of my Fruit of the Spirit series…
Love. If you think about it, you would expect love to be the first fruit of the spirit. As I said in my first post (you can find it here), the fruit of the spirit is the evidence of the Holy Spirit. And since God is love (1 John 4:8), you would expect to see love in a Christian’s life proving that Jesus is inside their heart. 1 John 3:10 even says that those who don’t love their brother, aren’t children of God.
Love is the biggest part of the Gospel because it is a part of God’s nature. If you flip to the concordance in your Bible and turn to “love,” you will find many verses (old testament and new). In fact, love is said 542 times in the NIV.
Here are some key verses in the Bible about love:
For 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. – John 3:16
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ – Matthew 22:37-39
Do everything in love. – 1 Corinthians 16:14
In John 3:16, we see that God was willing to sacrifice his own son because he loved us so much. And in Matthew, Jesus tells us that the most important commandments are to love God and people. 1 Corinthians takes this even further by saying that we are to do everything in love.
I encourage you to join with me and have a mindset of love this week. When you see someone being left out, include them; if someone is lonely, talk to them.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. – 1 John 4:11
God loves you, a dirty, rotten sinner, therefore, you should be filled with love for him and others. There is no excuse.
Does anyone else know any more great verses about love? Please post them in the comments bellow!