Monthly Archives: August 2014

The way of love

1 Corinthians 13:1-3  If I speak human or angelic languages but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I donate all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body in order to boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.

What do you think the most important thing is to God? What does He most want us to obey? Did you say love? Of all the things in the Bible God told us to do, He tells us that loving Him and loving other people is the most important (Matthew 22:36-40). Jesus even said the rest of the commands God gave us would all be taken care of if we’d just love God and other people.

The Apostle Paul wrote about love because it’s so important. The people in the church of Corinth (a city that he visited) were getting a lot of things wrong so Paul taught them about the importance of love. He told them that even all the good stuff they were doing was worth nothing if they didn’t also show love to people. Can you imagine? You go to church, read your Bible (and maybe even memorize verses), volunteer to help with things, and you’re told that it’s no good because you’re not loving? That had to get their attention!

This happens a lot thought. Poeple do a lot of things for God and think they’re making Him happy, but they forget to do the most important part of what He said to do – love. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. You can make loving God and loving people an important thing in your life right now. What things can you think of to do today that will show God’s love to someone around you?

The Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-24 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Following Jesus makes us different from the people in the world who don’t. The way we act is different. The way we talk and even the way we treat others is also different. When we begin to follow Jesus, He gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit. That means Jesus is living inside of us and He helps us to live the lives that God wants for us.

There are certain things that God expects from His people. Not just rules He wants us to follow, but specific characteristics He wants us to have. Because we get help from the Holy Spirit to show those tings, we call them the Fruit of the Spirit. Like fruit grows from a tree and certain trees produce certain fruit (You woulnd’t see a banana on an apple tree!), Christians produce certain “fruit.”

None of these things are just for the benefit of ourselves. They all have an effect on other people and the big idea is that other people will know God more because of us. We should want to live in a way that shows people the Fruit of the Spirit so that they will love God and follow HIm.

The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We’ll talk about each of them and how they help other people to know God. Only one person was ever perfect at showing all of them at the same time – Jesus. We’ll be looking at His example and just how He showed the Fruit of the Spirit.