But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
Did you notice that the “Fruit of the Spirit” is not written as fruits. That’s because these characteristics are all in one fruit. We cannot have one without the other. How can we say we have meekness and temperance but there is no love demonstrated. There is a blemish in that fruit.
If we wondering why we continued to go through the same trial, it’s because the blemish on our fruit was inspected and it did not pass the test.
2 Corinthians 13:5 (NLT) says, “Examine yourselves to see if your faith if genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not you failed the test of genuine faith.”
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:16-17
Do we really know how much God loves us? Can we even imagined that a God could love us because we are so messed up, so wrong, and so imperfect? Even the angels had to inquire of God “what is man, that thou are mindful of him?” (Psalms 8:4)
God is mindful of us because he loves all of us. He loves every nationality, every gender, everyone in this world; all of us in our sinful and imperfect state. He has put his stamp on us when he created us in his image. Then to show us how much he loves us, he sent his only Son to earth in human form to redeem us back to him, our Father. His Son, Jesus Christ, came not to condemn us and to beat us over the head because of our wrongdoing, but to give us a better way and a better life; an everlasting life through him.
His Son, Jesus, came and paid the penalty for our sins by the shedding of his blood on the Cross. The penalty he paid, we could not afford it. Do you know of anyone who would lay down their life for you so that you would have a better life now and eternally? God gave his Son and his Son gave his life. Why? Because he loves us with an everlasting love.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9
In the book of Galatians chapter six, Paul writes about sowing and reaping. It is so important to sow good seeds so that we can benefit a great harvest in our reaping. Just like a farmer when he goes out and tills the soil preparing to sow his seeds, he make sure he plants plenty of seeds into the ground. Why? Because he is expecting a great abundance when it comes time for harvest. One thing a farmer realizes that when he plants corn seeds, he does not expect to receive beans for his harvest. What kind of seeds are we sowing in our lives today? So why do we think when we sow seeds of bitterness, hatred, strife, anger, unforgiveness, or envy do we expect to receive a harvest of good in return? What we sow is what we will reap. That’s why we are admonished not to sow seeds of our flesh. It’s so important to sow seeds of love, joy, peace, forgiveness and compassion. Because when we sow these spiritual seeds, we will reap them in return. We must not get tired of doing the right things even though we may not see the results of our actions immediately. Don’t stop and don’t give up. Continue in what is right because in due season we shall reap abundantly!
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
What the people of God needs now is love sweet love….Love is a very important attribute in our walk. Why? Because God is love. It started with Him in John 3:16, “For God so loved theworld” which is his creation. Even though his creation sinned and disobeyed, He found a way to reconciled us back to Him because of His great love for us. He looked beyond all of our faults and He saw our needs. Love is an action word. We ought to follow God’s example in showing our love to each other than just saying mere words. For how can we say we love God whom we never seen, but we hate our brother whom we see every day. For if anyone loves God, they must love their brother too. This is a commandment from God. (1 John 4:20)
Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ? John 4:29
Here is a woman who was out at the well getting her water at the hottest time of day. Little did she know that she had appointment to meet with God this day and this very hour. She was a woman who was an outcast and a misfit because she was thirsty for love in all the wrong places. She was ostracized and avoided by the women of this town because of her lifestyle living with a her fifth man who was not her husband. Today was the day that she would be set free in her soul and in her mind. Today she was to receive water that would cause her to never thirst again because it came sprung from the well of everlasting life.
Are you thirsty? Are you thirsty for love or looking for satisfaction in your life? Do you want a drink from this well and never thirst again? Jesus says if anyone thirst, let them come unto Him, and He will give them drink. If you will trust Him and accept Him as your Savior, out of your belly (your heart) shall flow rivers of living water. He will wash and cleanse your heart of all sins and His Spirit will come and dwell within you.
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Matthew 24:12-13
The disciples asked Jesus what sign would show the end of the world. Jesus begin to tell them about false prophets and the false Christs who will come claiming to be the Christ, there will be threats of wars and nations warring against nations, and kingdoms against kingdoms. There will be famines and earthquakes in all parts of the world. Can we see the sign of His Second Coming? Sin is running rampant and brotherly love that we should have each other is cold. We hear on the news and read in the newspapers of someone being killed whether it’s an adult or a child in cold blood and without any remorse for their actions. Those who had a zeal for God are missing in action. For adversities have caused them to give up and they no longer feel there is a God and have lost all faith in Him. But Jesus lets us know if we remain in Him and bear through all these troubles, we shall be saved from judgment. Are you ready for the coming of the Lord?
What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me? Psalms 116:12
Our Father has done so much for us there is no way we can repay Him or match what He does. He has given us life, health, livelihood, kept us safe, food, shelter, and the list can go on and on. But one thing we can do is to give our lives to Him as a living sacrifice by living holy and become pleasing in His eyesight (Romans 12:1). He has allowed mercy and grace to walk by our sides each day not because we are so good (for our righteousness are like filthy rags….Isaiah 64:6), but because of His great love for us. Let’s love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and with all of our strength. (Mark 12:30)
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