We love each other because he loved us first. If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? 1 John 4:19-20
Fruitful lives filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control is our overall focus in this series. Of course, "fruitful lives" is the splendid work that the Holy Spirit brings about. The first fruit of the Spirit in the list is love. Some one has suggested that "love" is like a diamond and the other fruits are its facets. Our 1 John passage zeros in on love and gives us an important sequence. God love us, we love him, and then we love others.
The Holy Spirit doesn't just hand us "fruit" so to speak. God lives in us through his Spirit. It is as we experience him and are filled with him that the Holy Spirit manifests "fruit" in our lives that will bless the lives of other people. It all begins with love. As our love relationship with God unfolds, we become filled with his love. We need our experience with God to be so complete that we become ones who are overflowing with love that spills into the lives of other people around us.
Lord, help me to see more clearly than ever before that this is the true meaning of life. This is why I am here. Forgive me for settling for and giving myself to so many lesser purposes. Lord, I leave behind "living fully" on my terms and embrace your terms for a "living fully" kind of life. Amen!
Posted on Fri, October 9, 2015
by Alan Porter