“But the fruit of the spirit is love. joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gratefulness, gentleness, and self-control.” – Galatians 5:22
One of my main focuses this week has been the Fruits of the Spirit, love in particular. The church that my family and I attend held their second annual VBS and I volunteered in the elementary school games department. I could have easily held the mindset of focusing on the games and the way our time with the kids was set up, but I started this week with the goal to pour into the lives of these elementary aged kids and share the love of Jesus in all of the ways that I was able. I guess I succeeded in some way because the sweetest girl (I had never met her) ran up to me and gave me a giant hug (the highlight of my night). 1 Corinthians 13:4-9 gives a fantastic description of the word love. “love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy or boast, it is not proud or rude. It is not self-seeking or easily angered…”. The love described in 1 Corinthians is the perfect love, the type of love we receive from God and the type of love that we are called to seek out in our friends and loved ones.
The type of love described in 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 is passionate love. The type of love that stirs up feelings inside of you that makes you passionate and starts a fire inside. This type of love is the fuel for The Great Commission.
“Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, ‘I will work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter, Rachel.’ ” -Genesis 29:18
The love demonstrated in Genesis 29:18 is the love that truly, above all else, cares for someone and will give up personal pleasure to please the loved one.
Christ demonstrates His love for us in those ways and many others. From the death of his son to his resurrection, Christ is overflowing with love for each and every one of us. We are called to pour out these types of love to all that we encounter. Whether it be a simple smile or us going out of our way to help, we need to, continually, show love.
XOXO, The Christian Prepster