The Fruit of the Spirit_4_Love

Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit (AMP) [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

  • 9 characteristics (traits) of the Holy Spirit…
  • If we are born of the Holy Spirit…then we have these same 9 characteristics (traits) in our born again spirit as well.

John 3:6-7 (AMP)

6 What is born of [from] the flesh is flesh [of the physical is physical]; and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not [do not be surprised, astonished] at My telling you, You must all be born anew (from above).

Love

1 Corinthians 13:4-10 (NKJV) 

  1. V4…Love suffers long and is kind
  • People suffer but are not kind…everybody around has to suffer too.
  • We need to develop in caring for others even when we aren’t having a good day.
  • How do you deal with the disappointments with people’s attitudes? It takes time to develop an ability to love people and be kind about it. Not lash out and defend yourself.
  1. V4…love does not envy
  • James 3:16 (KJV) 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
  • Envious of peoples good fortunes…careers, nice house, car, church size, anointing…etc.
  • Celebrate with them and enjoy their victory.
  1. V4…love does not parade its self, is not puffed up
  • Jesus told many people not to make Him known (Luke 5:14). Healed a Leper.
  • The King of kings and Lord of lords came to earth in an unassuming way, being born in a stable to humble parents.
  • After His resurrection, He never appeared to any unbelievers. He only revealed Himself to those who were already His followers (Mark 16:9).
  • Truly, Jesus was “meek and lowly in heart” (Matthew 11:29).
  • Many are deacons because of their bank accounts…I don’t look at the offerings.
  1. V5…does not behave rudely
  • Acting a fool…
  • Sometimes we take liberties with family we would not with a guest.
  • Treat guest like royalty and family like dirt…Offer a drink to guest…turn to kids, get them a drink and make it snappy.
  1. V5…does not seek its own (Self-centered)
  • Romans 12:10 (NKJV) 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;
  • John 15:12-13 (NKJV) 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
  • Many times, when heroes are asked why they put themselves in jeopardy to save someone else, they reply that they didn’t even think about themselves; all they thought of was the danger to the other person.
  • Love is serving others with a pure heart…expecting nothing in return.
  1. V5…is not (Easley) provoked
  • You don’t have a short fuse…blowup over the slightest thing.
  • Wear your temper on your sleeve.
  • Do you send your time meditating on how you were miss treated and bring it home with you.
  • Pouting…EX: king Ahab wanted to buy a vineyard next to the palace.
  1. V5…Thinks no evil
  • Suspicious of you…think the worst of you.
  • Think you’re out to get me.
  • He’s out to get me…Then turns out he wants to be friends but I haven’t been real friendly.
  • Boss is going to lay me off…Then I get a raise.
  • You miss up…you think “spouse is mad at me”…There’re not in the least bit…but your strategizing how you’re going to defend yourself.
  • Give others the benefit of the doubt.
  • We live in a cynical world…it breeds mistrust…I fight it all the time.
  • Jesus loves the whole world and died for it…even if it hates Him.
  • He sees only the good in people…this has been my major project the last 6 months.
  • EX: people call and ask for help all the time…think good of people.
  1. V6…does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth
  • Watching someone fall and getting some satisfaction out of it…serves them right. That will teach them to treat me that way.
  • EX: print company goes under…”it’s because they treat everyone so ungodly”.
  • EX: Starbucks…says negative things about Christians…Boycott, hope they fall.
  • EX: showed “Fox and the Hound” in children’s church…parent mad “we are boycotting Disney.”
  • We should be praying for them and loving them. Their blind, what’s our excuse.
  • EX: Chipotle…promotes homosexual stories on cups…now closing stores because of food poisoning.(Nov 2015)
  • Truth is…we hope they continue on their evil way so they will be punished or collapse.
  • We get some satisfaction out of that…
  • Love tells them the truth and helps them out of their miss.

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