by Eric Vorhies
The fruit of the Spirit is a gift from God that allows us to get a glimpse into His incredible personality. Love is no exception.
But do we have the understanding of love that is trying to be conveyed through Gal. 5:22-23?
Love – We fall in and out of it. It can be blind or it can happen at first sight. It can be learned and made. It is how we feel about those closest to us and our favorite food. It is closely associated with matters of the heart and things we are most passionate about. But is this the kind of love that the Spirit is gifting us?
I do not believe that the fruit of the Spirit is a list of feelings as much as they are a list of choices that God gives us the power to choose through him. Love is no exception. Just as God loved us, we can choose to love.
Isn’t that the real power of love? Despite how we feel about something or someone, we can bridge that gap and have communion with them. This is the exact desire of God’s relationship with humanity.
God created humanity knowing its depravity.
God sent Christ to permanently restore communion with humanity.
One day, Christians will live in perfect community with God forever.
God is love. It is the driving force behind His relationship with us. Though it is filled with overwhelming emotion, it is a very deliberate choice. And we too have been given similar choices. Through the Spirit, we have been empowered to choose love despite our feelings.
Today choose love…
Choose to love those who think differently.
…choose to offer a bridge to build community rather than building a wall.