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Do you love?

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

When we follow Jesus, there are some things that God wants to see in our lives. It’s not just about what we do, but about how we are. We call this our character. Your character is who you are as a person and the way you act and treat other people is because of your character. Character can be good or it can be bad.

When you show someone love, that’s an action, when you are loving, that’s part of your character. It’s possible to do the action without having the character. Someone who isn’t a loving person can show love to someone. But God is more concerned with us being loving than He is with us occasionally doing something for someone else. Actually, He wants both.

If you’re a loving person, but never do anything to show it; what good is that? It’s possible to be loving and to show love through your actions. If you’re thinking that sounds hard, it is. But the good news is that you don’t have to do it on your own. If there’s ever anything that God has said He wants you to do or to be, you can trust that He is ready to help you.

If you don’t think you’re the kind of loving person God wants you to be, ask for His help. Pray and ask Him to help you have a heart that loves. Ask Him to help you to show love to the people you see everyday.

What are some ways you can think of to show people that you love them?

How do you think a person who has a loving heart thinks differently than someone who doesn’t?

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.