“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

fruit-of-the-spiritI love fruit. I remember several years ago someone making the statement, “fruit is nature’s candy.” They may have been right about that. God created some wonderful, tasteful, juicy, fruit that He meant for us to enjoy. I think Paul may have looked at his favorite fruit tree and thought about how God produces a work in him that people need and can enjoy. The Holy Spirit indwells us and bears fruit through us in such a way that people will recognize that God is real

The Spiritual fruit, love, is more than an emotion. The love Paul is talking about is action on our part that makes the object of our love-people-better. When we experience salvation we have received the greatest love of all—the Love of God. When we live before others with unconditional love, we are planting a seed of God’s love in them. I Corinthians 13 indicates that compared to faith and hope, love is the greatest. The fruit of love has slices that could be described as acts of forgiveness, sacrifice, selflessness, compassion, mercy, honesty, and humility.

How is your love-life? Have you shown unconditional love toward someone? Do you love your friends, family, or coworkers enough to share God’s Love through Christ with them? The fruits of the Spirit that God has so richly blessed us with are to be shared. How can you share and demonstrate acts of love today?