By Andrea Merrell
But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 NKJV
“Love has to look like something,” the pastor said. In fact, I’ve heard him say it on several different occasions.
The words I love you get throw around carelessly. Too many people fail to realize that love is not just a noun … it’s a verb. And a verb means action.
So, what is love supposed to look like. Let’s look at some footnotes in my Bible regarding the Fruit of the Spirit.
The Fruit of the Spirit is love. Only as we live in love can we fulfill the will of God in our lives. The believer must become love-inspired, love-mastered, and love-driven. Without the Fruit of the Spirit (love), we are just a religious noise. The Fruit of the Spirit is love, and it is manifested in joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
v Joy is love’s strength.
v Peace is love’s security.
v Kindness is love’s conduct.
v Goodness is love’s character.
v Faithfulness is love’s confidence.
v Gentleness is love’s humility.
v Self-control is love’s victory.
Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions (1 John 3:18 NLT).
What does your love look like?
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