Fruit #1: Love

by Carolyn Hope

We know what real love is because Jesus gave his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. (1 John 4:16)

The Bible speaks a lot about love. There are numerous examples of God’s love and people’s love for one another. The New Testament gives us instruction to love each other, and some passages give us details on how to do that. 1 Corinthians 13 is the famous ‘love chapter,’ in which Paul beautifully describes the attributes of love. Here is an excerpt from that Scripture: “Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. … love will last forever!” (1 Corinthians 13:7-8).

The most principle and extravagant example we are given of love is Jesus Himself. 1 John tells us that God is love. Therefore, everything that Jesus did was done from a place of love for us. His life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension all speak of His love. Jesus gave up everything for us, sacrificing all for our sake. This is what the truest, deepest love looks like; it’s a radical, selfless surrender on behalf of someone else.

The Lord created you from love, for love, to love. In order to love others well, you must first understand you are loved by God. His love for you is deep, wide, long, and high; it’s immeasurable. You can love others by sacrificing yourself for others. Such sacrifices, whether small or large, are often difficult, but as your love grows for a person, choosing the best for them becomes easier. Learning to love is a journey. Whatever place you are right now, rest in the love of your good Father and as you do, He’ll teach you to love the people in your life.

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