Galatians 5:22-23. But the fruit of the Spirit is LOVE, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control. Against such things there is no law.
1John 4:8. Whoever does not LOVE does not know God, because God is LOVE.
The first fruit of the Holy Spirit is LOVE. In fact you will know that there is something great in Love that made it to appear first in the list, out of the NINE FRUIT of the Holy Spirit. That is even if you are to miss any it must not be LOVE, which is the foundation or beginning of them all. And this fruit will be the foundation or the evidence of your relationship with God. Even in the second scripture, it plainly states that God is LOVE. You can now see why the beginning of your relationship with God should be love. In fact you must exhibit and demonstrate love to the understanding of the heathen, that they will know that you are a product of your heavenly Father, Love. Love is an instrument to move God to favor you. God is Love, He cannot deny Himself. Love is a four letter word, but it is powerful than the four corners of the world.
Mathew 22:37-39. “Jesus replied; Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and the greatest commandment. And the second is like it; Love your neighbor as yourself”. The scripture said that the first and greatest commandment is Love. It is the first and greatest because the scripture said that God is Love. And you know that in everything, God is first. And He created us in His own image (Genesis 1:26). Therefore, that is why He has to make it compulsory for us, so that we will be and act like Him in love. I hope that you know that it is what one has he will give out to others. You can’t give what you don’t have, that is it. Now God is Love, therefore He has to give us first Love which He is. But since He knew that disobedience is in man that is what made Him to give it as a commandment, so that every disobedience should be subjected to obedience. This is because it is the love of God and neighbor that will keep us in the standard with God, as He created us to be. It is His love for man that made Him to give us His only begotten Son JESUS CHRIST (John 3:16) to die for our sins. Beloved, the word LOVE is more than the letters, and the word itself. It goes beyond that in demonstration.
1Corinthians 13:1-3. “If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not Love, I am only a sounding gong or a clanging cymbals. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountain, but have not Love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not Love, I gain nothing”. Yes! God is Love.Therefore you must be Love as well. It is a fact, because no matter how rhetoric you are in tongues or speeches, but have not love it is vanity. No matter your wisdom and knowledge or how gifted you are, but have not love, it is zero. No matter your givens and flamboyancies to others, but you have not love, you get nothing from it all. All is vanity. The bases of it all is LOVE. That reminds you, God is Love, also in everything God is First, and when God is first. Therefore, Love is first in your life. Now comes the time for us to know what and how to demonstrate our love towards God and man. The heart is meant to be the entity, the Holy dwelling place of God in our life, where all the thoughts that brings action go on every moment. And it is here proceeds the product of the man. Because it is what filled it that God is after, and that determines the measure of your love to God and man. You can sound one million times, you love God and man more than yourself, but it is God who search your heart to read the Truth in your sounding. You may give all you have, but it is God who knows the motives behind it. Even in all your gifting and knowledge, if you are not using it in love to affect others with the sincerity of your heart. It is nothing. Beloved, God whole-heartedly gave us His only begotten son and all that consists in Him to die for us. Show your LOVE today with your whole-heart. No reservation! God did it without withholding His Son or part from dieing for us. That is practical demonstration of love. Beloved, show your love for God and man with the right motive today, it shall be well with you in Jesus name. In fact in the entire chapter of 1Corinthians 13 you will realize that God revealed Himself to us by what Love is. Look at verse eight, it says, Love never fails. In the other way round, it is God never fails. Can you see why you must put on the garment of love and move in love today. Beloved, I wish you will put on this garment of love and be known as love from now. The Lord will surely glorify Himself upon your life.
1John 3:16, 18. “This is how we know what Love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers”. “Dear children, let us not to love with words or tongues, but with actions and in Truth”. Beloved in Christ, as the scripture said, the way and manner by which Jesus did to us, that is the same way you are expected to be doing to others. I think, if you have not been doing so, you better start it right now for your own betterment. And that is not all; the demonstration of your love must be with a PURE heart (Truth). Your thoughts and works of sacrifice of love towards God and man is your LOVE in analyses before God. And not by words or tongues (sounding) of what you have been doing. No! Let your works of love be approved by God who searches the heart.
1John 4:11-12. “Dear friends, since God so Loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us”. Beloved, it is your demonstration of love to one another will prove your love for God according to the scripture. It says no one has ever seen God. Or, have you seen God? You have not seen God, but the way and manner you love one another proves that God lives in you.
1John 4:16-17. “And so we know and rely on the Love God has for us, GOD IS LOVE. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, Love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like Him”. Beloved, if only you will lay hold on the love of God to us, you will as well live in love of Him with others. It is only in love we are made complete in Him. And it is our demonstrated works of love that will make us to have confidence on the judgment day. Beloved in Christ Jesus, it is your love to one another will prove that as God is in heaven so you are in this world. It is your love towards your neighbor is also your love for God.
1John 4:20-21. “If anyone says, I LOVE God, yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And He has given us this command: whoever loves God must also love his brother”. God created us in His own image, that is why He made it clear that if you do not love your brother whom you have seen, how can you love Him whom you have not seen. God have made it known to you now that you have not seen Him. Therefore, if you do not love your brother, your sounding of love of God is lie and it is empty. The evidence of invisible God is that your neighbor who is in the image and Spirit of God moving around you there now. Now begin to demonstrate the love in his life (neighbor), for it is a command from God unto us. Beloved, as you are doing good works of love towards the expansion of the Kingdom (CHURCH) and to your neighbors, God is being glorified in your life in Jesus name amen.
John 15:12. “Jesus said, My command is this: LOVE each other as I have loved you”. Jesus is a symbol of God’s love to us by demonstration in all ramifications. Now He urges us to do likewise to others. Remember, that the scripture said, to obey is better than the sacrifice of rams and bulls. Jesus said in John 14:15. “If you love Me keep My commandment”. What is that commandment? You have seen His SECOND commandment, that you MUST show love to your brother. Beloved, by so doing people will know that you are truly a CHRISTIAN and not by sounding of words. That is why the scripture says; by their FRUITS you shall know them. And through this demonstration of your good works of love towards your brother (neighbor); Jesus said (to you), John 14:14. “You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it”. Jesus is waiting to bless you now. It is your turn to experience the special love of God’s blessing. Beloved, I assure you, as you put your good works of love towards God and man into action with genuine mind and the right spirit, heavens will surely open to release a wonderful blessings to you in the Mighty name of JESUS CHRIST – Amen.
Remain blessed in the Love of God. (All Scriptures NIV).
God bless you in your unlimited glory, as you believe His Word in Jesus Christ name - Amen. (NKJV).