There comes a time in our walk with God that we desire to discover the hidden treasures of the Spirit. There is so much God wants to reveal to us about him often we just don’t know how to ask for it or find it. I always start with the word. Anytime I spend time in God’s word there is always a new revelation revealed. I have been in a place where I truly want to know who I am in Christ. So this journey began of course by an unction of the Holy Spirit to look up “the fruits of the spirit” found in Galatians. Over the next 7 days I will be posting a new blog so we can walk through the 9 fruits of the spirit. I want you to know exactly what you have inside of you. His spirit lives in us and we should exemplify these fruits daily!
Galatians 5:22-23New International Version (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
I have read and seen this scripture many times. Every once in a while I like to travel back to it in the bible just to see how I am doing. Notice the second sentence in this scripture: against such things there is no law. Powerful! Paul in this verse is explaining that Christians that live there life demonstrating these fruits are not bound by the law. Seems easy enough right? Not really, sometimes life can throw curve balls our way that gets us off our game, or we have not been fully delivered in some areas. What we need more of is revelation! So let me start of this blog with some revelation I have received. Plus, I will still keep it short and sweet!
THE FRUIT OF LOVE
There is a clear difference between what God defines as love and what the world defines as love. Here is a break down:
GOD DEFINITION OF LOVE THE WORLD DEFINITION OF LOVE
Agape-unconditional love Love-intense feeling of love
Love is thoughtful Love is based upon emotions
Beauty is of the heart Beauty is about the outside first
Spiritual attraction Sexual attraction
If you already knew that that’s great! But here is a way to test yourself, this includes ladies and gents.
- Do you ALWAYS find yourself looking at the opposite sex? Always comparing and rating them on a scale?
- Are you sexually aroused often around the opposite sex?
- Are you always listing out what the man/woman can do for you, and not what you can do for them whether your single/married/in a relationship?
If you answered yes, maybe, or kind of”” to any of these….and you honestly answered truthfully, then you should definitely pray to God about it. The ultimate example of love that we have is God and his wonderful son Jesus! But if your like me I needed to read what not to do first and that you can find by reading the same chapter in Galatians where you find the good fruit (Galatians 5:19-21). Paul gives us a great list of what is not love.
I hope this helped in some form or fashion! God bless you all! Keep reading your bible, praying, and seeking God! It’s time we all come to know who we really are.
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