Written by: Tim Wood
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love…against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).
“Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law” (Romans 13:8).
There is no law against real love. Godly love, Spirit produced love, is the fulfillment of the law. The reason we have laws is because there is hatred in the world. People cheat, lie, steal and covet. As a result, there has to be laws against that kind of behavior. Ever had problems keeping the 10 commandments? Of course, we all do. Real Spirit produced love fulfills the 10 commandments. Love for God and love for other people. “Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:10).
Since God is love we must understand His definition of love. For God so loved the world he gave. Godly love is giving sacrificially to another. “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
How does the Holy Spirit produce that kind of love in my life? The answer is not in trying to be more loving. The answer is thinking about and living in the boundless love of God. The more I focus in on the love of God in my life, the more loving person I will be. The more I receive the love of God in my life, the more the Holy Spirit produces love in my life. It flows out of me because of what is in me.
Ray Stedman states, “The fruit of the Spirit is love because love fulfills the law. Joy is love rejoicing. Peace is love resting. Patience is love enduring. Kindness is love caring. Goodness is love motivating. Faithfulness is love trusting. Gentleness is love esteeming others. Self - control is love restraining.” We are changed as we stop and consider the unconditional, eternal love of God in our lives.
Let’s be thankful that God is love. Let’s think about how deeply he loves us. Let’s rejoice that he demonstrated His incredible love for us in the person of Jesus Christ. As we dwell on his love it will change us and as we are changed by his love, we become more loving people. That’s how the Spirit produces the fruit of love in our lives. I can be a blessing because I have been blessed by the eternal love of God. AMEN!