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Fruit of the Spirit

LOVE

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• Nine qualities that make up
Christian character

• Galatians 5:22-23

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• Things that come from our
sinful nature (Gal 5:19-21)

• Things that come from the


Spirit - fruitacts are something manufactured

fruit something that grow without effort

But God seeks and require our cooperationn (parable of the sower)
Mark 4:1-20

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• Holy Spirit seeks to minister
us in two particular ways

• to make us more pure

• to impart to us spiritual Power - gifts of the

power
Spirit

Purity - fruit of the


Spirit

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• When we allow the Holy Spirit to take
root in our hearts then the fruit produced
is nine special qualities.

• With this, we become joyful and better


persons.

• The Christian in whom the fruit of the


Spirit is fully evident gives the best
portrayal of saintliness. And it is how God
transforms us to be more and more like
Him.

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In discussing "the fruit of the Spirit", the nine graces are often divided into
three groups...:

a. Those graces which turns one's thought toward God...


1) Love (for love is of God)
2) Joy (for we rejoice in the Lord)
3) Peace (for from God comes the peace that surpasses understanding)
b. Those that directs our attention to our fellowman...
4) Longsuffering
5) Kindness
6) Goodness
c. Those which refer more directly to oneself...
7) Faithfulness
8) Gentleness (meekness)
9) Self-control

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• English word ‘Love’ can mean a lot of things
• In Greek, there are four words for love:
• Eros - love between sexes
• Philia - affectionate human (friendship)
love

• Storge - love within a family


• Agape - unconditional love
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• Agape love is the love that surges in
the heart of God.

• The love that we are expected to


experience and demonstrate when
we are indwelt by the Spirit is not a
general kind of love but love of a
special kind - God’s own sacrificial
agape love.

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• First evidence of His presence in us is
agape love.

• a love that reciprocates


• Christians who dwell deeply in God
find that they are changed from
people who just love occasionally,
when it is convenient, to people
whose controlling purpose is love.

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• How can love be demonstrated?
• Love is an attitude that translates into
actions:

• ‘For God so loved the world that he


gave his one and only Son’ (John 3:16)

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• It has been suggested that love can be
expressed in five key ways.

• Gifts
• Quality time
• Acts of service
• Words of appreciation
• Physical touch
http://www.5lovelanguages.com/
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Conclusion
• Never try to manufacture love or create it
in your heart
• We love because we area loved, says the
apostle John.
• Love originates not with us but with God.
• When we think of how God loves us, we
begin to love like Him.

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‘Greater love has no-one
than this, that he lay down
his life for his friends.’ (John
15:13)

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1 Corinthians 13:1-13

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