THE SUPERFRUIT – LOVE
By Carolyn Dale Newell
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8 NKJV
What is the fruit of the Spirit, and why is love listed first? The fruits in Galatians 5:22-23 are the characteristics produced by the Holy Spirit. They cannot be worked up, but they are present in a Christian. Love is the first fruit in the list. Therefore, it is the most important one.
Jesus said that the greatest commandments were to love God completely and to love your neighbor as yourself (Matt. 22:37-39). Who is your neighbor? Jesus answered that question with the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37). That familiar parable reminds us our neighbor is anyone we come in contact with.
Our verse commands us to love one another, and Jesus said, “Love your enemies” (Matt. 5:44). Therefore, we should love everyone.
I am glad the Holy Spirit bears the fruit of love within me. I cannot do it myself, but when I yield to the Spirit rather than self, that is when I can love all people.
Love is powerful because it “covers a multitude of sins”. That is what makes it possible for us to love our enemies. That is how we can love sinners blinded by Satan. That is how we can love Christians who fall into sin.
When I see a Christian in sin, I get angry. How can they tarnish the name of God? How can they love God and do that? However, I cannot become self-righteous and think I would never do the same thing or worse. It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit I can love and forgive.
Friend, join me as I give God glory for producing the super fruit of love within our hearts. Now let’s go love on someone today!
Dear heavenly Father,
Fill me with Your love that I may be able to show love and kindness to others. Help me love the unlovable – my enemies and those who shame Your name. Thank You, Lord Amen.
Read Luke 10:25-37.
HIKING THE TRAIL
Is there someone hard for you to love? Commit to pray asking God to give you a love for them. Do something kind for that person this week.
Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.