The first type of seed produced by the extra-ordinary Holy Spirit fruit is love.
This love should be seen in us in two main forms.
1. Love for God
Luke 10:27 (NIV) says, “Love the Lord thy God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind…”
In other words, we should love God with every fiber of our being.
It only makes sense when you consider it. Our very existence depends on God.
Acts 17:28 tells us, “In Him we live and move and have our being…”
Furthermore, who do you know that doesn’t appreciate love?
“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son…” John 3:16
We shouldn’t be able to help ourselves; loving God should be a natural response to the love that He has shown to us.
2. Love for others
Not only should we love God, but we should love everyone else.
Now I expect that the love we would show to our families would be different than the love we would show to the stranger on the street. And that’s to be expected.
What God would not expect is that we would see someone in need and turn a blind eye because, after all, they’re not our family or friends. Mark 12:31 admonishes us, “Love your neighbour as yourself…” And most of us wouldn’t knowingly treat ourselves poorly. Right?
Instead, God expects that we would have genuine compassion for one who, like us, is in need of a saviour. Isaiah 53:6 reminds us, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray…”
Also, we are told that showing love to others is just another form of showing love to God.
“…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40
Think about it! If we find it difficult to show love to our neighbours, friends or strangers whom we see daily, we have got to wonder how we can love a God whom we haven’t even seen. “For whoever does not love…whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen.” 1 John 4:20.
Finally, a Christian is meant to be a follower of Christ, guided by the example that He gave.
Where could we find a better representation of love for God and love for his fellow men (and women) than in the life that Jesus lived?
Therefore, in the words of Jesus, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:37)
Let others see the seeds of love in us in 2019.
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