But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. …
As we begin our study of the individual characteristics of the fruit of the spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23, we need to remember that this is exactly what they are individual characteristics of the “fruit” of the spirit, singular, not “fruits” plural.
If we have one, we should have them all. If we lose one, we will lose them all. They are inseparable.
Gods love is where all true love begins, True love is the opposite of self seeking, it is focused first and foremost on the interests of God.
Only by living for and in the love of God can we do that which is truly in the best interests of any one else, including ourselves. If we do not love the Lord more than we love anyone else, we will not love anyone else the way that we should.
However this fruit of the recreated human spirit should be nurtured because actually the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit and ultimately outside the Spirit Of God there is no true love which is only a fruit of His indwelling.
So then the mystery about Love is we are able to love, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). There is no being in the universe more lovable than God, the more we get to know Him, the more we will love Him.
Beloved, to grow in love let’s never grow weary in well doing and let’s cease every opportunity that comes our way to act in love, especially to those belonging to the family of believers.
And finally in love, let’s always endeavor to overcome evil with good.