My post today is really just a reflection of the post from my fellow Kingdom Bloggers this week. I've very much enjoyed what each has said this week and taken time to reflect how their message applies in my own life.
Tracy's passage from Galatians 5:22-23 is one of my personal favorites. Living in the Spirit not only bears the fruit God expects from our lives...life itself tends to become a lot less burdensome when we experience and strive to multiply the 9 attributes the Apostle Paul discusses as a result.
When David Johndrow picked freedom and fruits of the Spirits in back-to-back weeks as our subject matters, it was as if Galatians Chapter 5 was on his heart. Paul tells the Galatians that through Christ they are free (from Mosaic law?). He then goes on to warn them not to use their freedom to indulge their sinful nature but to serve one another in love. Next, he echoes one of the two greatest commandments as taught by Jesus by summing the entire law into one command...love your neighbor as yourself.
Love, love, love...dump-ty dump...love, love, love...all you need is love, love. Love is all you need.
Outside of the Holy Bible, no where is it stated better than the classic Beatles' song. First fruit of living in the Spirit listed by Paul in Galatians...love. His letter to the Corinthians list love, faith and hope as spiritual gifts...love being the greater of the three. The same Epistle also tells us...love never fails.
It should be quite obvious to the Christian that love is a fruit of most value to God. He demonstrates by example with the mercy and grace He bestows upon us. Jesus lived in flesh and walked among us 2000 years ago preaching and exhibiting love to a world that didn't love Him back...and in His last act of love, He looked to God and begged forgiveness for the very ones that tortured and killed Him.
I could go on and on with numerous examples that we all know by heart as Christians. That is why it is so difficultly hard for me to understand people claiming to love God doing this...
Apparently, the folks at Westboro Church don't read the same Bible I do because that looks more like bitterweed than fruit.
God love 'em...and I will sure try hard.