“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23
The fruit of the Spirit is available only to Christians, so we must first acknowledge that before we can discuss the fruit of the Spirit. Faith in Jesus is the basis for being filled with the Holy Spirit, but those who do not believe in Him will not be filled.
The most important lesson to remember about the fruit of the Spirit is that it is called the fruit and not the fruits for a reason. If you possess all the fruit of the Spirit, you are filled with the Holy Spirit. Being kind or loving is not a sign of His Holy presence, just as anyone can be kind, but possessing all of them requires something supernatural.
Every human being is flawed. Our nature is tainted by sin, and we must be saved from that and made new. Being filled with the Holy Spirit is part of the process of becoming holy. This means attaining perfect goodness, righteousness, and perfection. Even though we are Christians, we are still imperfect people living on earth.
The only way we can become like Christ is by being sanctified and growing in Christlikeness.
If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.1 Corinthians 13:3
First and foremost, I want to talk about LOVE. Christians who do not show love have not been true to his or her faith. However, everyone has their own interpretation of what love means to them.
The Bible says that Love is from God and God is Love.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.1 John 4:7-8
In light of this, if God is love, then perhaps we ought to know specifically how He defines it and why. A crucial fact we must never overlook when the Holy Spirit fills us is that it is God himself. We should embody God’s very nature if we are filled with His presence, right?
1 Corinthians 13, has a very deep description of Love.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Therefore, some keywords to remember in order to know what love looks like in yourself and in others are:
- A patient attitude towards others
- Kind to everyone
- Rejoices in the truth
- Supports others when they are burdened
- Has the capacity to endure all things
I am reminded of a particular person by these qualities, Jesus.
While we were sinful and unloving, He chose to die on the cross for us, yet He loved us regardless of our rejection of Him.
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”Romans 5:8
How do we define love? Rather than forming a heart, love forms a cross. Love died for you. Love is still alive and wants you to return home.