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Love: one of the fruit of the Spirit

Love one of the fruit of the spirit by Francine Houston

The strongest weapon that is known to man is love. It is stronger than death, hate, rejection, bitterness, rage, and resentment because God is love. Love isn’t just a feeling, a jolt in your stomach or butterflies swarming inside your stomach but a choice. We choose to love everyday by our actions and words. Like 1 John 1:18 said my little children let us not love in word, neither in tongue but in deed and truth.

I watched Christian poetry and pure flix movies on love. They talked about loving their wives, waiting on husbands, devoting their lives to God and loving one another. The love between a husband and wife is a reflection of God’s love for his church. John 3:16For God so loved the world, He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. Ephesians 5:25 Husbands love your wives,even as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it.

While waiting on mates, devoting our lives to God and serving him unselfishly. 1 Cor. 7:32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belongs to the Lord, how he may pleased the Lord.

Last but not least, loving one another with brotherly love. There may have been sibling rivalry with biological siblings and in Christ but let brotherly love continue (Hebrews 13:1). Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another (Romans 12:10).

I even check my love walk with 1 Cor. 13: 1-13. I put my name in the scripture in place of the word “ love or charity: to see if my love walk matches what is written.

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

2 If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

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