Built on Love

   
By:  Wanda Fielder
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law.  Galations 5:22, 23  

I have heard the Word of God expounded to say that the fruit of the Spirit is love, and all the other attributes are a derivative of love.  In whatever way you may interpret these scriptures, it is apparent that each of these characteristics must be cultivated to become a natural part of our daily life.  Love is a broad term and is used in the Bible as a noun and also as a verb.  We must understand the meaning of each to be able to incorporate love fully into our hearts.

 

As a noun love is interpreted:

  • A profoundly tender affection for another person
  • A feeling of warm personal attachment as for a parent, child or friend
  • Affectionate concern for the well-being of others

The Bible declares that we are known to be his disciples if we have love one to another. (John 13:35)

As a verb love is interpreted:

  • To have love or affection for
  • To take great pleasure in
  • To embrace

We have been admonished to first of all love God, and then to love others.  We have even been instructed to love our enemies.  (Luke 6:35)   By following these commands and incorporating them into daily living, we will learn to live love.  It will be a natural part of daily routines and become who we are.

Romans 13:10 informs us that love is the fulfilling of the law; therefore, it is imperative that we build our spiritual walk on learning to love and living in love.
Lord, as you are the ultimate example of genuine love, pleased teach me to love as you love!  Let my family, friends, neighbors and even my enemies experience authentic love from my life!

   

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