“Wherefore by their fruits you will know them” (Matthew 7:20). Their fruits? What is this fruit? Galatians 5:22–23 gives us the answer: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law." The Fruit of the Spirit, then, is the true character of the Christian life that replaces the self-life, or old man, as the Scriptures label our sin nature (Ephesians 4:22-24). The result will be that you will fulfill the intended purpose of the Law – loving God and man (Galatians 5:23).
The first three of the Fruit – love, joy, and peace are primarily inner virtues. The next three virtues – longsuffering, gentleness, and goodness deal more with social situations; best expressed in our relations with others. The last three virtues – faith, meekness, and temperance are all linked to one’s personal discipline.
Jesus taught His disciples they could only be fruitful as a direct result of abiding in Him; a relationship that is carefully nurtured. Jesus explained how He would make it possible for them to abide in Him and bear the same Fruit. He would send the Holy Spirit after His death—the mind and power of God—to abide in them and guide them (John 16:5-7; John 14:26).
The Holy Spirit is the Christ-life within you that produces the Fruit of godly character in you. Having Fruit and sharing Fruit are two sides of the same spiritual coin. It is not enough to bear Fruit, we must share that Fruit with others so they can be blessed and impacted by the Kingdom of God. You are to love like God loves – to the unthankful and to the evil (Romans 5:5; Matthew 5:45). Paul writes, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
This month we will concentrate on: “But the fruit of the Spirit is Love– Agape”
There are four (4) types of Love:
Philios– mutual love; friendship between people
Eros– a love between man and woman
Storge– a love between parent and child
Agape– a God-kind of love. A love not based on emotions or feelings. It is a decision to be committed to the well-being of others without any conditions or circumstances
Agape Love is the God kind of love; the one that is very important in all quality relationships. It means ultimate compassion. It means that no matter what a person may do to you by way of insult or injury or humiliation you will never seek anything else but their highest good (Matthew 22:36-40; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7).
This Agape Love – this God-kind of love – involves the choice of your will to put it into practice. It is more than tolerating others, you must sacrificially give of yourself for the benefit of another without thought of return. It describes the deliberate effort – which you can only do with the help of God – never to seek anything but the best even for those who seek the worst for you. You can choose to love all people – even your enemies (Luke 6:35).
Is Agape Love evident in your interactions with others – even with people who are difficult to love? Ask for the Lord’s supernatural strength so you can respond correctly.
In order to bear good Fruit, you must first join your life to Jesus Christ (John 14:6). In order to join your life to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, you must believe in Him and receive His offer of forgiveness (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 10:9-10).
You can use the following prayer or your own words: Lord Jesus, I believe You are truly the Son of God, who came in the flesh. I believe You died for me and that Your blood pays for my sins and your resurrection provides me with the gift of eternal life. I receive You as my personal Savior and Lord. Thank You for saving me. Help me to live a life that is pleasing to You. Amen.
The tendency to sin remains part of the human experience, but as a Believer, you have been set free from sin’s power over you and no longer have to give into it (Romans 6). Willingly turn from your sins and nail your natural evil desires to the cross, how, by daily confessing your sins (1 John 1:9), committing your sinful tendencies to God’s control (Philippians 2:13), crucifying them, and moment by moment drawing on the Holy Spirit’s power to overcome them (Galatians 2:20; 5:24; 6:14).
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