But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. –Galatians5:22-23NIV
In Galatians 5:22-23, we are given a list of characteristics that should be exemplified in our lives when we are filled with the Holy Spirit. Love is the first listed fruit of the Spirit. But what kind of love are we talking about? Songs of all genres, from Country to Christian, are written about love. Everyone wants it, and no one can live without it.
The first time we see love mentioned in the Bible is in Genesis 22:2 where God says, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
In the Hebrew language, the word for love is ahava. The root of this word is ahav, which means “to give.” In this passage in Genesis, God gives us a glimpse or foreshadow of what His love gives us. He is asking us to take action with our love. We are to give our love to Him and to those around us, just as He gave us His love when He allowed His Son to die on the Cross for our sins.
Loving those who already love us is easy. But how hard is it to love those who mistreat us? The Holy Spirit enables us to love, even in the face of adversity, regardless of our opinion of the worthiness of another person. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with love for those around you, regardless of their worthiness.
- Thank God for loving us even when we do not deserve it. Ask Him to help you show that same love to those around you.
- Holy Spirit, help me walk in love. May the fragrance of Your fruit be evident in my life today.