I am being led to grind this topic, so we’ll take time to discuss this very Very. It might as well lead to discussions… Are you ready yet?
Alright,to begin with…
The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is a biblical term that sums up nine attributes of a person or community living in accord with the Holy Spirit according to the Epistle to the Galatians : “But the fruit of the Spirit is love , joy , peace ,
patience , kindness, goodness, faithfulness ,
gentleness , and self-control .” As found in Galatians 5:22-23.
The fruits is contrasted with the works of the flesh which immediately precede it in the chapter.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Of what relevance are these fruits?
Putting in mind that what’s here is my opinion, the comment box below would be nice for yours.
They should be what we live by- our personal checks. These fruits when properly understood can be harnessed for other purposes, but due to lack of its understanding they’re swept aside- infact rarely exhibited by those of whom its expected.
We shall begin with the first of these gifts- LOVE.
According to Google,
Agape (love) denotes an undefeatable benevolence and unconquerable goodwill that always seeks the highest in others, no matter their behavior. It is a love that gives freely without asking anything in return, and does not consider the worth of its object. Agape is more a love by choice than philos, which is love by chance; and it refers to the will rather than the emotion.
Agape describes the unconditional love God has for the world. Paul describes love in 1 Corinthians 13:
>Love is patient, love is kind.(love) is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
What then is the problem these days?
It seems like the first and most buttressed is the first and most wrongly displayed.
People seem to forget that – You can’t say you love God And not love your brother,so we have the commandment, love your neighbour as yourself.
Jesus really described whom the neighbour is in the parable of the good Samaritan- your neighbour is s/he whom you are capable of helping – not only or necessarily the one that lives in the next flat or compound.
Someone might say,having known this,how do I show love….
But you won’t need to carry placards with inscriptions -I Love You or I Want To Show Love or the sorts around- NO!
Rather,it’s shown first in how you live your life.
– that brother whom you could have helped, what did you say to him, knowing fully well that you had enough to spare,
– that child you could have given a smile but drove away,
– that sister you proclaimed love to but have her not in your agenda,
– that friend you could have helped get a good job but didn’t cos of an unjustifiable reason.
All of these and more are things that first need to be tackled. Generally, love should reflect,radiate and permeate your life such that anyone who comes in contact with you feels it- now that’s love.
Let the love you show in your deeds NOT EYESerVICe, be your noise maker.
How do you show love?
Here are some ways as written by Aysha Ives:
1. Compliment a stranger. Everyone loves compliments!
2. Give someone a smile. Smiles are contagious!
3. Send a handwritten letter or card to a loved one.
4. Start a conversation with someone who looks a little ‘down in the dumps.’ It’s certain to brighten his/her mood.
5. Call someone whom you haven’t spoken to in a while. I’m sure Grandma or a beloved auntie would love to hear from you!
6. Give a gift… anonymously . What a selfless way to let someone know that s(he)’s loved and thought about.
7. Volunteer to do something helpful for your mom or dad. They’ll be grateful for one less task or chore to do.
8. Give the gift of time! Volunteer to sit with your elderly neighbor or to babysit for a single parent.
9. Give someone a hug. Sometimes a hug is just what someone needs to feel better.
10. Offer encouraging words to someone who’s discouraged. You never know when your words will help motivate a person to achieve what God has called them to do or be.
I believe they’re self explanatory, well, here’s one by Kris Carr:
Show your love courageously. Show your love openly. Show your love with no strings attached.
Show your love (your heart, your kindness, your vulnerability, your soul-shine) because it feels good.
Give because the giving is what you get.
In fact, if you have a hard time with self-love, start outside yourself and work your way in. Showing love to others can be a gateway for loving yourself.
But what if showing your love feels scary, risky, dangerous even? We all have love wounds—a best friend who didn’t stand up for you on the playground, a parent or hero who let you down when you opened your heart. Be brave, friends. Try again.
Each time you show your love to another, you heal the bumps and bruises from your past.
Love is action. Do something TODAY to show love toward another person. God will be pleased!
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