HOW IS YOUR LOVE LIFE?
Galatians 5: 19 - 26
(Page 1706 "Come Alive" Bible)
JESUS CHRIST said, "By this all will know that you are My
disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35).
Our culture is one noted for synthetics, substitutes, and
simulations. When anything of value is made, immediately
someone will copy it. It is the most common form of flattery.
Gucci scarves, Louis Vutton handbags, Rolex, and Cartier
watches, video cassettes, and designer jeans are readily copied.
One common characteristic of the fakes is they never meet the
standards of the genuine.
Our Lord said, "love." Many of His followers took Him at His
word and did it. The impact and influence was so dramatic that
the world tried to copy it. Hoping for the same fulfilling
result offered by genuine love, the world has come up even more
empty as a result of fake love.
Love such as Christ spoke of is revealed to be a product of a
Holy Spirit-filled life. In Galatians 5:22 we are given a list
of the "fruit" of the Spirit. Upon first looking at the
passage, it appears there is an improper verb tense used. The
word "fruit" is singular, but the result is plural. This is
easily understood when we understand the meaning of what the
Greek word translated "fruit" means to our modern mind,. It was
the word KARPOS which can be translated "harvest." The time of
harvest is still called the fruit season in some areas. In this
light thewriter was saying "The things the Holy Spirit harvests
in a believer's life are..." The first one is LOVE. Consider:
I.THE FORMS OF LOVE
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