Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Fruit of the Spirit: Day 3: Love


Paul’s list of “fruits” starts with love. There could never be any doubt that this was where he would start. His life had been transformed by discovering the love of God and of the Christian community, who had welcomed him even though he had been one of their chief persecutors (Acts 9.1-39). He writes many times about love in his letters, including the famous passage in 1 Corinthians 13, in which he describes love as the only thing which can really transform us. (“If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but have not love, I am nothing...”)
Love is fundamental to our survival from our earliest days.  Babies can only survive if someone loves them enough to feed and protect them. It is the thing which binds us to each other through life, drawing us into communities where we can support each other. It comes in many forms and is expressed in many ways. It is hard to define or explain, but unmistakeable when we encounter it. The Bible is clear that our capacity to love is linked to how secure we are in God’s love. “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4.19). it reminds us, again and again that God’s love is indestructible. God seeks out the lost sheep, and looks out longingly for the lost son (Luke 15) until they are found. 

·         Who loves you, or has loved you, in your life? What impact did their love have on you? Did their love help you to love others?
·         Do you feel that God loves you? Have you always felt that?
·         Pray: that you would feel secure in God’s love so that you can love others with the same generosity he shows to you.

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