Fruit of the Spirit

By: Ray Larson

Posted: September 4, 2014

Category: Daily Devotional

22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.
Galatians 5:22-23

As Paul wrote, sin is called the fruits of the flesh. We believe he said this basically because the flesh is the principle motivator that leads us to do the things that are the sins of living by our physical desires. By contrast, he lists the fruit of the Spirit as the very things that give us who know God’s love the eternal blessings in life.

We will touch base with each one of the fruits of the Spirit one week at a time. This week we are going to look at Love. Not necessarily love as we experience in a physical sense but Love of the Spirit! As we love in the Spirit, what exactly does this mean? There is no better place to look for an answer to this question than what Paul wrote in I Corinthians.

In I Corinthians, Paul writes that even if I have everything, including all of the greatest gifts that can be gained, but have not loved all is lost and nothing is gained. I have often used this Epistle when a man and woman stand before me to receive the solemn blessing of holy matrimony. “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious, not boastful, arrogant or rude.”

Life lived filled in Spiritual love is most blessed because it is life that is filled with God’s eternal Spirit. Paul teaches us what he himself has learned, living in God’s Spirit is living a life lived most rewarding in every way. May God bless you in His Spirit always.


O Lord God, how wonderful it is that you have made your Spiritual Life available to me through your Son, the giver of the most blessed life, may His life fill us with Love. Amen.