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Posted by on July 20, 2005

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

I’ve decided it would be fun to write about the fruits of the spirit. Love is, of course, the first one listed. It is, after all, the “greatest” according to 1 Corinthians 13:13. It’s hard to put an exact definition on the word love, but in my mind it’s being an unselfish, humble servant who is willing to sacrifice himself for others.

It isn’t always easy to love the people who are closest to us, and some people are just hard to love. The greatest example of humbleness and love is Christ dying on the cross for us when we were still sinners. When someone is rude or ungrateful, it is our human nature not to act loving towards them. We need to follow the example of Jesus and always have a loving servant’s heart.

Love is sacrifice. We need to put the needs and desires of others above our own and share Christ’s love with them through serving them. They may not always be grateful for what we do, and that’s hard, but if we do all to the glory of God, we will be rewarded someday in heaven. I’ve always been lazy in the summer, but this summer I’ve been noticing when I should be doing something that I’m not. When I’m sitting there being lazy, I see opportunities to serve others and show them that I love them. We all need to look for those opportunities and take them.

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