Love is placed first in the characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit. In scripture it is pointed to as the greatest virtue of our lives as followers of Jesus (1 Corinthians 13; Ephesians 5:1-2; Colossians 3:12-14). The Spirit produces the fruit of love which should fill your life.

God pours out his love into your heart and you enjoy its effect in and on your life. As you yield yourself to Christ, the Spirit produces love in you just like that which you received from the Father. The Holy Spirit lives in your heart and makes you more and more like Jesus and the fruit matures. Now others can have a taste of God’s love through you.

When others eat the fruit of love which the Spirit produces in you, it has the very flavor of God’s love. Here are some descriptive terms as to what the fruit of love tastes like from 1 Corinthians 13:

  • caring for me more than I sometimes care for myself
  • patience when I am irritating
  • kindness when I am undeserving
  • sharing me when others need me
  • humility when you could be strutting your stuff
  • forgetting the pain I cause
  • forgiving my sin
  • picking me up when I get knocked down
  • dancing with me when I am victorious
  • protecting me when I am vulnerable
  • trusting in me
  • hope
  • faithfulness that never gives up on me

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV

Who are some people who need a taste of the fruit of love from your basket? They may be in your one another community. They may be your neighbors.

Grace and Peace,

Terry

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