The Fruit of Love
But the fruit of the Spirit is love…
Love—what is it really? We throw that word around everyday, but do we ever truly think about what it means? The best example of love is from God: “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
God loved and then He GAVE—He gave his most valuable possession, His son. In order for us to love the way God loves, we have to give. A mom gives all day long, so having love shouldn't be a problem. Unconditional love is where we find it hard to love. It is easy to love a baby, because they are sweet, soft and warm. It is easy to love a toddler, because they are adorable, and learning everyday, which is so much fun. Loving a rebellious child and showing unconditional love can be difficult. Loving a husband who ignores me can be almost impossible. Loving my neighbor who is mean-spirited and vindictive at times, is also almost impossible.
We need God’s love for the people that are harder to love. God’s love was unconditional—He loved even though we were sinners, hateful, mean, full of envy. HE loved and gave His son to people who were not worthy, not deserving or even grateful. But, God loved. We need that kind of love. That kind of love is found ONLY through the Holy Spirit. You, as a mom, cannot give God’s kind of love without bearing the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Fruit comes as a result of abiding with Christ. Abide means to walk with or spend time with someone. Are you walking with Jesus everyday? If you are not, then the type of love you are trying to muster for your child, husband, neighbor will never come. The kind of love you are looking for is God’s love. Start abiding with Jesus today and enjoy the fruits of HIS Spirit.
Father, I want Your type of love. I want to love unconditionally, not worrying if I am being loved in return. God, fill me with Your Spirit. Fill me with Your love. Remind me throughout my day to seek Jesus.
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