“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23a.
I have thought many times about doing a series on the fruit of the Spirit.
So here is my feeble attempt!
Paul says that if we are living by the Spirit then we will be displaying love in our life. But what is love?
1 Corinthians chapter 13 defines love pretty clearly for us, in a way that I have never seen before:
– not envious
– not boasting
– not proud
– not rude
– not selfish
– not easily angered
– keeps no records of wrong (forgiving)
– rejoices in the truth
Love never fails.
I could unpack all of those points, but that would be another series in itself!
So many times in a day I find myself losing patience, making rude remarks, not showing respect, being selfish, being envious, being easily angered (this is a big one!), etc. etc. And how many times have I exploded at my husband over things that happened last week, or a month or a year ago, just because today he did something similar (keeping a record of wrongs).
When I read these points from 1 Corinthians 13, I am reminded that love is more than just a feeling, more than romance, not something you just receive. You show love by how you act, and that is something I am striving for.
(Make sure to check out flickr for a free download for you to print and stick somewhere that will help to remind you of what love is!)
(PS – Dear Husband, I would like to buy some colour ink for the printer.)