LIFE IN THE SPIRIT: THE BEAUTY OF THE SPIRIT, HIS FRUIT

KEY SCRIPTURE: Galatians 5:22 KJV. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Fruits are the beauty of creation. They are symbols of continuity of life. Life without fruits would be impossible. Bearing the fruit of the Spirit is the beauty of the Christian life. The scripture said the fruit of the Spirit is love. The word did not say fruits, but said the fruit. Love is the fruit. The attached virtues are all the outshoot of love. Where there is love, there will be peace, joy, longsuffering and the rest. Romans 13:10 KJV” Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law”. Love for God and fellow man is the perfection of the law. (Luke 10:27)

The character of the Holy Spirit is love. When a man is born again, this love nature is imparted to his spirit. Rom 5:5 KJV. And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Love then becomes the underlying characteristics of our being. It is never the nature of the flesh to love, since the flesh is selfish. Love is the expression of our spirit man. This kind of love is the God kind. Every act of the Spirit is done by faith. We love by faith. It implies, we express our love for one another, by faith. This means, it is based on what the word of God says. and not on what we may be feeling at a particular moment.

What develops the love nature in us? We have said above that love being an act of the spirit, functions by faith. As faith grows by feeding on the word of God, love likewise grows by feeding and acting on the word of God. The more we submit to the word that fills us, the more the love nature is revealed through us. We are able to demonstrate love when we acknowledge that love is our nature and we can do nothing but love. We also demonstrate this love by accepting the love our father has shown us. 1John 4:11 KJV Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. The rest of the manifestation of love, such as peace, joy, longsuffering will naturally flow out in our dealings with people.

CONFESSION

I am born of love. I am love and can’t hate, because my father who is love has shed abroad His love in my heart. I am ever joyful, full of peace and patient in all situations. I am kind, gentle, faithful, meek and control my ego in all situations.

FURTHER STUDIES

1 Corinth 13:4 ISV Love is always patient; love is always kind; love is never envious   or arrogant with pride.   Nor is she conceited,

1 Corinth 13:8 ISV” Love never fails. Now if there are prophecies, they will be done away with. If there are languages, they will cease. If there is knowledge, it will be done away with”.

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