Fruit of the Spirit- Day 1

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

Love- I don’t about you know but I throw that word around a lot! I love that new TV show (Designated Survivor), coffee flavor (peppermint mocha) and my new outfit. Do you find yourself doing this too?

Of course we love our family and friends (and fur babies if you have those).

Did you know there are actually three types of love?

The first type is phileos love. This is the love we have for friends. With the exception of close friends, it is often just love that is “on the surface” and can change at various seasons of our lives.

The second type is eros love. This is desirous and longing-think first stages of a relationship. It can also be seen as selfish because it is a strong feeling on your part (and hopefully on the others person’s part as well). The dangerous part of this is that this can change as soon as your feelings change- so it isn’t always long lasting.

The third and final type is agape love. This is the love that God has for us and that he asks each of us to have for one another. It’s more than a feeling (anybody else think of the song from Boston?) and it is simply love in action.

The entire Bible is a love letter to us but I want to focus on James 2:8 which says, “If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’, you are doing right.”

It is so easy to love the ones that love us isn’t it? The real test is loving others who are hard to love. That’s where there agape love comes in- loving in action!

It comes down to this- Love is not a feeling. Love is a choice.

So what are some ways you can show love in action? Maybe it’s something you have done in the past or something that someone has done for you. I would love (look at me using that word again) to hear your ideas!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s topic- Joy!