Topic: Fruit of the Spirit (2)
Text: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (Galatians 5:22, ESV)
God is love (1John 4:8). That is a powerful statement. There is nothing like it.
And if you are not seeing God from the eyesight of love, you are not seeing Him correctly.
Also, the way we view God affects how we see others.
You cannot give what you don’t have. If a wrong image of God is impressed on you, you are going to express the same.
God is an authority figure and past terrible experiences from authority figures can communicate a wrong impression about God and we are not able to do express the right image.
To solve this problem Jesus came as the full expression of God. John said: and we behold him as the only begotten of the father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
He is the epitome of love, full of compassion. Otherwise, how would you describe the fact that when he hung on the cross, suffering shame and humiliation, he prayed to God for those who put him there, “forgive them because they know what they do (Luke 23:34).”
What love! What forgiveness! What perfection! Therefore love does not be mutual agreement and acceptance. It is a communication of God.
And love is only sourced in God and Jesus gave a new definition of love saying, even your enemies you should extent love to them. Love can be defined as compassionate attention.
It is the opposite of selfishness, callousness, lack of forgiveness, being revengeful, hatred, wrath, gossiping, slander, unforgiveness (1Corinthians 13). And the Bible says that we should forgive one another. What about you? Forgiveness is the grease on which relationships run.
Action: Who is the person who has offended you the most? Say: I forgive (name the person). for (name the offense)
Declaration: I am forgiven and I forgive
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