Thursday, October 15, 2015

Loving People

What a privilege it is to have people to love. There are many kinds of love. We love family and love in a brotherly way. Then of course there is romantic love. Each relationship is different and special.

We miss the ones we love when they are not there. We enjoy the ones we love.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires." - Galatians 5:22-24 ESV

There are many ways to talk about this passage but once I heard a man say that the fruit of the Spirit is Love and all the other things mentioned are descriptive of that love. I like that and it has stuck with me.

The Greek word for love mentioned in this passage is agape (Strong's G26) and it isn't brotherly or romantic. It is divine and it seems to cover all of our emotions like a blanket. It sanctifies us and pushes out that which is impure.

Those who have embraced a crucified Savior knowing that they have been crucified with Him decide to mortify passions and desires that are in conflict with this love.

I'll say it again... It is a privilege to have people to love.

When we love people we are on the same page with God because He loves people. He loves as an expert.

I want to learn from Him today.


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