But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22, 23 ESV)
Love is the first fruit of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23. I’ll start by defining what love is?
I believe the perfect definition of love is what Paul gives us in Corinthians-Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ESV)
We can see from the definition that love is a perfect thing. Love is perfect because the originator of love that is God is perfect with reference to James 1:17.
He demonstrated His love for us by giving us His son Jesus Christ who was offered on the cross for our sins. Through Him we have been saved from sin and God’s wrath coming upon mankind.
Love is God’s traits or character and we are to bear the same traits if we are His children. How do we respond to the love God has shown us and also share this love with others?
The greatest commandments is to love-first God and secondly people.
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40 ESV)
First of all, we should remember we are able to love Him because He first loved us with reference to 1 John 4:19
For us to love God our hearts needs to be responsive to His words. As the bible says “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. (John 14:15, 21, 23-24 ESV)
According to the scriptures, the only way we can truly respond to God’s love is by obeying His word.
How do we show love to others?
The bible tells us to love our neighbours as ourselves (Mark 12:31). Therefore we as believers need to seek for the welfare of others rather than just our own interest. That shows we do love just as Christ has loved us with reference to John 13:34.
It is my prayer that we excel in showing love to others regardless of who they are or where they are from, close or afar, friend or foe.
Brethren, the greatest commandment and the first fruit of the spirit is love. Are you bearing this fruit or something else? Let us love.