Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.
The Love Fruit
The first Fruit listed is Love, and rightly so, since God is love (I John 4:8). Love is the greatest gift God can give. Without love, nothing else matters.We alone are not capable of truly loving ourselves or others without the leading and strength of the Holy Spirit. As the Spirit flows and enters our lives, we are then able to love others with the intensity and unselfishness God intends and models for us. This love, called agape love, is the highest, purest, and noblest form of love. It is the unconditional love, the love that will do anything for another regardless of cost. It is not a feeling, but a choice; a choice to be kind, to sacrifice, to consider another person’s needs greater than one’s own. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).
It is by His Holy Spirit, God offers us a continual supply of His limitless love so that we have plenty to give to others. He will keep His love flowing into us as long as it keeps flowing out from us. It must flow back to God—a grateful, reciprocal, responsive love for God—and it must flow out in love and service to other people. The more you give it away, the more you will have. And the more you love others, the more you will be loved.
I can’t end a post on Love without referring to 1Corinthians 13 (the “Love Chapter“). It is a beautiful description of what godly love is like. Verses 4-7 say “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”