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The Ground From Which Spiritual Fruit Springs

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People long to love and be loved. Consider the countless love stories, songs and poems that have been written! Romanticists sing the praises of love, as in the song “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing!” It seems the world is in love with love.

The word love can mean many things, as can be seen from the numerous dictionary definitions. We also find many kinds of love in the Bible.

Love usually refers to strong feelings, and feelings are important. God wants us to really feel love for Him and for other people. But we will see that God also wants us to experience a greater love that transcends human emotions.

Many people go through life receiving very little human love. However, God’s plan is for every person to eventually experience His love flowing to him and through him—so fully that each can honestly say, “My cup runneth over with love.”

Ironically, when people are desperately trying to understand the “mystery of love,” they seldom read the greatest book ever written about relationships, the Holy Bible. If you study it for yourself, you will learn far more about love than we can cover in this introduction to the subject. This brief look is meant to help you get started.

The greatest love and examples of love

Many of the examples of human love in the Bible didn’t involve any special help from God. Even without His help, people can have a grateful type of love and appreciation for their Creator.

But the Bible also reveals how we can experience love for God and love for people that far exceeds mere human capability! This highest and purest form of love is God’s divine and sublime love that He offers to share with us!

In fact, love summarizes and epitomizes the ultimate nature of God. “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8 1 John 4:8He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.
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, emphasis added throughout). We can learn about love from Love Himself. God wants to transform us so that our character is also defined by love.

First, consider God’s decision to create human beings. He didn’t need us. And God knew what to expect initially from His wayward creatures—mostly grief. But because of God’s desire to share everything with others, He is creating “sons and daughters” for His expanding family (2 Corinthians 6:18 2 Corinthians 6:18And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, said the Lord Almighty.
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Even before creation, God the Father and the One who became Jesus Christ knew that to transform human beings spiritually and bring them into the Kingdom of God, Christ would have to sacrifice His life for humanity’s sins (Hebrews 10:12 Hebrews 10:12But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
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; Revelation 13:8 Revelation 13:8And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
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“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 John 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
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). That greatest-ever demonstration of love was the ultimate sacrifice God the Father and Jesus Christ made for each of us.

What was “new” about the love Jesus Christ taught?

The two “great commandments” Jesus emphasized were not new. Contrary to what many people think, the Old Testament is full of teachings about love. But Jesus Christ taught a whole new level of love and set a never-before-seen example of love! Let’s see what was new about it.

A man well-versed in scriptural law, trying to test Jesus, asked Him which was “the great [most important] commandment in the law” (Matthew 22:36 Matthew 22:36Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
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). Jesus answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37 Matthew 22:37Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
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This is the answer the lawyer probably expected, since Jesus was quoting from Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Deuteronomy 6:4-9 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: 5 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. 6 And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart: 7 And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 And you shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 And you shall write them on the posts of your house, and on your gates.
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, a passage known as the Shema (after the first Hebrew word in it), which had become the Jewish confession of faith, recited twice daily by the pious.

But Jesus then went beyond what was specifically asked, saying, “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’ ” (Matthew 22:39 Matthew 22:39And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
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). This was not a new commandment, since Jesus was quoting Leviticus 19:18 Leviticus 19:18You shall not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.
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But it seems the Jews had not coupled it with Deuteronomy 6:5 Deuteronomy 6:5And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.
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as another “great” commandment. Therefore, the first thing we notice is that Jesus raised “love your neighbor” to a much higher level of importance.

Jesus also expanded the concept of “who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29 Luke 10:29But he, willing to justify himself, said to Jesus, And who is my neighbor?
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). He told the parable of the good Samaritan, which shows that God wants us to regard everyone as a “neighbor” we would gladly assist in any way we could. We are to be neighborly to all, regardless of race, nationality or social class (Luke 10:30-37 Luke 10:30-37 30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said to him, Take care of him; and whatever you spend more, when I come again, I will repay you. 36 Which now of these three, think you, was neighbor to him that fell among the thieves? 37 And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus to him, Go, and do you likewise.
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Nowhere does the Old Testament say, “Hate your enemy,” but that had become the traditional thinking by Jesus’ day (Matthew 5:43 Matthew 5:43You have heard that it has been said, You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.
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). Jesus then shocked everyone by saying the opposite: “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44 Matthew 5:44But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you, and persecute you;
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). This was a “hard saying” and revolutionary, as it is completely contrary to human nature.

When the Bible speaks of love, note that love has more to do with what we do than what we think or feel. For example, consider the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12 Matthew 7:12Therefore all things whatever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
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), usually paraphrased as: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Works are more important than words, although what we say is an extremely important part of how we treat people (James 2:22-26 James 2:22-26 22 See you how faith worked with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 You see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
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Interestingly, this emphasis on action and commitment is indicated by Jesus’ choice of Greek words. Usually Jesus used the most general word for love— agape as a noun or agapao as a verb—which implies thought-out decisions and determined effort to show love. Occasionally He used phileo, which implies affectionate feelings.

Understanding how the word hate is often used in the Bible helps us to understand the meaning of love. Both usually emphasize action. Treating someone badly is equated with hate and treating someone well is equated with love.

Therefore, when Jesus said, “Love one another,” He meant for us to show love even when it is not natural or easy—even when the other person is not appreciative or responding. When Paul wrote, “Husbands, love your wives” (Ephesians 5:25 Ephesians 5:25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
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), he meant that we should treat our wives lovingly all the time, even when we don’t feel like it. And generally, the more we show love, the more we will feel love.

Christ’s perfect example of love

Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another” (John 13:34 John 13:34A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
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, New International Version). What was “new” about it? The second half of the verse explains: “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

Jesus’ teachings about love set the highest standards ever (Luke 6:27-38 Luke 6:27-38 27 But I say to you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, 28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which spitefully use you. 29 And to him that smites you on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that takes away your cloak forbid not to take your coat also. 30 Give to every man that asks of you; and of him that takes away your goods ask them not again. 31 And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them likewise. 32 For if you love them which love you, what thank have you? for sinners also love those that love them. 33 And if you do good to them which do good to you, what thank have you? for sinners also do even the same. 34 And if you lend to them of whom you hope to receive, what thank have you? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35 But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind to the unthankful and to the evil. 36 Be you therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 37 Judge not, and you shall not be judged: condemn not, and you shall not be condemned: forgive, and you shall be forgiven: 38 Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete with it shall be measured to you again.
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). And He backed them up with His perfect example, showing a love greater than the world had ever seen!

First, consider how Christ was willing—for the sake of mankind—to sacrifice His heavenly glory and power to be incarnated as a mere human being (Philippians 2:5-11 Philippians 2:5-11 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took on him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross. 9 Why God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
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Second, He continually “went about doing good” for everyone as a humble servant—teaching, encouraging, healing the sick, comforting the oppressed (Acts 10:38 Acts 10:38How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
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; Matthew 8:1-17 Matthew 8:1-17 1 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. 2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if you will, you can make me clean. 3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be you clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 And Jesus said to him, See you tell no man; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony to them. 5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came to him a centurion, beseeching him, 6 And saying, Lord, my servant lies at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. 7 And Jesus said to him, I will come and heal him. 8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my servant, Do this, and he does it. 10 When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Truly I say to you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 11 And I say to you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 13 And Jesus said to the centurion, Go your way; and as you have believed, so be it done to you. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour. 14 And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever. 15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered to them. 16 When the even was come, they brought to him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: 17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bore our sicknesses.
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). He “did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:28 Matthew 20:28Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
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Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13 John 15:13Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
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). Jesus laid down His time and energy continually, and then laid down His very life for His beloved. He was willing to go through the most terrible suffering and then death—for each and every one of us.

So we see from Christ’s teachings and example that godly love is deep outgoing concern for and generous giving to others. And it is a continual willingness to be self-sacrificing so we can assist others. It is the opposite of selfishness and self-centeredness.

Learn to love as God loves

We can learn how to love God and to love others by following the Bible’s examples, teachings and laws. “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3 1 John 5:3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
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God showed His love to us by giving us His perfect laws. We show our love for God by obeying those laws. The first four of the Ten Commandments tell us how to love God and the last six tell us how to love our fellow man.

Other biblical laws give us further details on how to apply the Ten Commandments. To understand all this and why the author of Psalm 119 exclaimed, “Oh, how I love Your law!” (Psalms 119:97 Psalms 119:97O how I love your law! it is my meditation all the day.
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), read the free booklet The Ten Commandments .

We can also learn godly love by being in fellowship with other believers in God’s Church. True Christians are to love all people, plus they are to have a special love for each other. We “ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:14-18 1 John 3:14-18 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brothers. He that loves not his brother stays in death. 15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer: and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But whoever has this world’s good, and sees his brother have need, and shuts up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwells the love of God in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
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Jesus made it clear that the main way we show our love for God is by acts of mercy and service to His other children. Jesus said, “Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me” (Matthew 25:40 Matthew 25:40And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done it to me.
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; compare 1 John 4:20-21 1 John 4:20-21 20 If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loves God love his brother also.
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The original Christians were wonderful examples of ideal brotherly love (Acts 2:41-47 Acts 2:41-47 41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added to them about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came on every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
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; Acts 4:31-37 Acts 4:31-37 31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. 32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. 33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was on them all. 34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 35 And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made to every man according as he had need. 36 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, 37 Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
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). Jesus said that “love for one another” was to be the primary distinguishing feature of His disciples (John 13:35 John 13:35By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.
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The fruit of God’s Spirit is  love

Our human efforts alone can never produce godly love. But the good news is this: People can have the divine-type love toward God and toward other people if— if —they have the indwelling of God’s Spirit.

The apostle Paul referred to it as “the love that comes from the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:30 Romans 15:30Now I beseech you, brothers, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;
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, Contemporary English Version). He said God’s Spirit is the Spirit “of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 2 Timothy 1:7For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
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To the Galatians he wrote, as we are exploring in this article series, that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering [patient endurance], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23 Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
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). Love tops the list because it is first in importance! It also encompasses all the other aspects of the fruit of the Spirit.

The previous article in this series explains God’s Holy Spirit. The key scripture on how to attain God’s Spirit is Acts 2:38 Acts 2:38Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
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, which says, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission [forgiveness] of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

For those of us who have received God’s Spirit, “God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit” (Romans 5:5 Romans 5:5And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us.
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, NIV). We begin with a little love, but God helps us to keep growing until we have a lot of love. In fact the previous verses outline the step-by-step growth process made possible by God’s love and Spirit (Romans 5:1-5 Romans 5:1-5 1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us.
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By His Spirit, God offers us a continual supply of His limitless love. He continually fills our wells so that we have plenty to give to other thirsty people. An analogy Christ used is that His love is like a river that comes from the great Source and will flow through us (John 7:38 John 7:38He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
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God will keep His love flowing into us as long as it keeps flowing out from us. It must flow back to God—a grateful, reciprocal, responsive love for God—and it must flow out in love and service to other people. The more you give it away, the more you will have. And the more you love others, the more you will be loved.

Loving in a world of hate

When Paul wrote to the Galatians, he was alarmed that bad influences were causing them to lose their love for one another (Galatians 5:13-26 Galatians 5:13-26 13 For, brothers, you have been called to liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 15 But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you be not consumed one of another. 16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would. 18 But if you be led of the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, jealousies, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Contentions, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
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Galatians 6:1-10 Galatians 6:1-10 1 Brothers, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering yourself, lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear you one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For every man shall bear his own burden. 6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate to him that teaches in all good things. 7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially to them who are of the household of faith.
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). They were exhibiting more “works of the flesh” than the “fruit of the Spirit.” Today, the influences toward hatred and selfishness are even worse.

Paul wrote that “in the last days, perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves . . . without natural affection . . . lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God . . .” (2 Timothy 3:1-4 2 Timothy 3:1-4 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
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, King James Version).

And Jesus, foretelling conditions in the end time, said that “because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12 Matthew 24:12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
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All around us we see indifference, resentment, anger, abuse and even cruelty. There is more loneliness and heartbreak in the world than real love.

But the return of Jesus Christ will bring about the fulfillment of this prophecy of Ezekiel 36:26 Ezekiel 36:26A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
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: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh”—that is, a soft, yielding heart instead of a hard, stubborn heart.

In the meantime, we can swim upstream against the world’s influence. With God’s Spirit, each of us can be a light of love in the midst of the darkness.

God initiates—let us respond

All true love comes ultimately from God: “We love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19 1 John 4:19We love him, because he first loved us.
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). God takes the lead in establishing the relationship.

God’s calling is like a marriage proposal. It is up to us to respond by humbly submitting and committing to Him. If we do, God will love us forever and will forever fill us with His love.

When God’s people are “led by the Spirit of God,” that Spirit produces wonderful and abundant “fruit to God” (Romans 8:14 Romans 8:14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
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; Romans 7:4 Romans 7:4Why, my brothers, you also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that you should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit to God.
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And of all the aspects of the fruit of the Spirit, the loveliest is— love.

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