Fruit of the Spirit | Day Three

By: Stephanie Miller

What is the first fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22? Why do you think it’s first?

 

The very first fruit of the Spirit we see in Galatians 5 is LOVE! Love is one of the most misused words in the world. It is used to describe everything from clothes, friends, food, movies, people, etc. Though we promise we "love" dozens of times throughout our day, the love mentioned in verse 22 is a different kind of love; it can only come from God. It’s a love that is evidenced in someone’s life that’s walking with the Lord! 

 

Read John 13:34-35.

 

How are we to love others?

 

How will people know that we are Jesus’ disciples?

 

God’s love for us is the anchor & example of how we are to love others. We should love others in the same attitude that Christ loves us-- selflessly. How hard is that to do?!? To love someone else selflessly—without thinking of how it benefits yourself. 

 

Read 2 Corinthians 5:14-15.

 

What does this verse say about God’s love for us?

 

How often do we “love” others to get something in return? (ex: a feeling, friendship, or because they did something for us first)

 

Read Deuteronomy 6:5. 

 

How are we to love God? What does it mean to love God with all of our heart? Soul? Might?

 

Now, we know that God’s love for us is amazing and selfless!  We know that we are to love God with all that we have unashamed.  Let’s look at a passage that talks about what love looks like when we love others. 

 

Read 1 Corinthians 13: 1-7.

 

How important is it for us to love others according to verses 1-3? Why is love so important?

 

In the space below list out each description of love found in verses 4-8.  If you don’t know what a certain word means look it up.   

 

If you were to ask your family and friends to describe you in a few words would they use the words above to describe you? Would they say that you are kind and humble? Or patient? Or that you don’t celebrate sin? That you are always honest?

 

This passage of Scripture is a famous declaration and vivid description of what it really means to love someone.  If you say that you love someone or wonder if someone truly loves you this is a checklist you can use! So often we as young ladies just give our hearts away without realizing what/who it is that we are giving them too.  1 Corinthians 13 gives us a checklist to see if we are loving others like Christ. 

As you close out this time today, re-read Deuteronomy 6:5. Ask the Lord to make those words true of your life! Commit to love the Lord with all of yourself today.  Be specific in your commitment to God today.