Devotion: The Fruits of the Spirit -Love

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Love is the fruit we probably hear most often, at least the word love. Is the word love tossed around far more than it should be? We hear it constantly, “I LOVE that celebrity…. restaurant… pair of shoes…” the list goes on. But what does it really mean? What does love mean?

The most descriptive, and one of the most popular passages¬†about love is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

To love is an act we choose to do. There is a big difference between love and infatuation. You may enjoy a food, but do you choose to be patient with it? No. That would be ridiculous. Although if you have ever tried to make a souffle you may need some serious patience.

To love one another is one of the greatest commands we are given, but it is also one of the hardest. We are given the best picture of what love really is through Jesus Christ. He sacrificed himself for you. He LOVES you. To love is to put another above yourself. To show kindness and selflessness to others. To all others, whether it be a brother or sister in Christ, or an atheist.

My challenge for you today is to love on the people around you! Do something kind, and selfless for anyone and everyone you can today! Something for your spouse, your siblings, and even complete strangers. Let’s love like Jesus loved others time and time again.

“God, thank you for loving me! Thank you for your selflessness so that I may have eternal life with you. Today help me show love like that to others around me. Help me to see who needs some extra love today; give me the wisdom I need to love them the way they need to be loved. Amen.”

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