Topic: Fruit of the Spirit (3)
Text: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (Galatians 5:22, ESV)
Still on the first item – love.
Love, like grease, makes relationship run without friction. People can hate you and you love them because you are enabled to do so by God, by his Spirit in you. And that disharms them.
They communicate hate to us, we communicate love to them. Paul said that is like putting coals of fire on their heads (Roman’s 12:19-21).
But to the limit that you have received love from God you can give (Matthew 10:8).
Jesus said that he who is forgiven much loves much (Luke 7:47). You have received mazing grace, give the same to other.
As you are connected by faith to God, you are connected to his fountain of love.
Peter, not understanding this possibility, asked: how many times would my brother offend me that I will have to forgive him (Matthew 18:21-22)? He thought 7 times would be stretching it, but Jesus said 70 times 7.
But if, somehow, you think God hoards his forgiveness, you will not be able to give the same.
So everything starts with a view of God, the same God who shed his love in our heart by the Holy Spirit he has given to us (Romans 5:5).
Perfect love casts out all fear (1John 4:18). And nothing distorts our vision of God and others like fear.
Adam and Eve got into a twisted fear of God based on the twisted vision/view of God and of themselves when they sinned (Genesis 3).
The sinful state is a twisted vision state, where up is down and down is up, where intentions are misunderstood and motives misread.
But the love-fruit of the Spirit brings a restoration of eye sight and we see others correctly. And we are moved to the realm of God where we believe all things, we stop being driven by suspicion, by fear.
We are secure in the love of God and that shows in our relationships, as we don’t derive our life from them. We are stable (secure in the love of God), therefore our relationships are stable as we release that love.
Action: In what does fear distort perception, contrary to love?
Declaration: I embrace the love of God; it controls me, and I communicate the same to others.
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