Bible Study/Devotional

What It Means To Love (FOS Devotional #1)

LOVE

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Galatians 5:22-23 Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)

“22 And the fruit of the Spirit is: Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law; and those who are Christ’s, the flesh did crucify with the affections, and the desires; 25 if we may live in the Spirit, in the Spirit also we may walk; 26 let us not become vain-glorious — one another provoking, one another envying!”

-LOVE-

The first fruit mentioned in the scripture above is love. There are actually several words that are used for “love” in the Greek language. There are four distinct Greek words for “love” in the bible.

1- agape is a divine love (the type we are talking about in this scripture above.)

2- phileo is more of a brotherly love

3- eros is more of a passionate, sexual type of love; such as between a husband and his wife

4- storge is a family kind of love; such as a parent has for a child

The first two types of love are referenced in the bible, but agape is the type of love that comes as a fruit of the Holy Spirit. So, this is the type of love we are focusing on here and when I mention “love” from here on out, agape love is to what I’m referring.

Agape in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance is defined as benevolence and good will.

This is a form of divine lovethat originates from Godthrough the Holy Spirit. We cannot achieve this type of love on our own as humans. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we receive the gift of agape love and it should be radiating from us everywhere we go.

Matthew 22:37-40

“37 And Jesus said to him, `Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thine understanding —38 this is a first and great command; 39 and the second [is] like to it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself; 40 on these — the two commands — all the law and the prophets do hang.'”

There are many examples of agape love in the scriptures. For example, there is the love of mankind towards mankind, the love of man towards God, and the love of God towards man.

Love of mankind for mankind:

1 Corinthians 13:1-4 Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)

“13 If with the tongues of men and of messengers I speak, and have not love, I have become brass sounding, or a cymbal tinkling; and if I have prophecy, and know all the secrets, and all the knowledge, and if I have all the faith, so as to remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing; and if I give away to feed others all my goods, and if I give up my body that I may be burned, and have not love, I am profited nothing. The love is long-suffering, it is kind, the love doth not envy, the love doth not vaunt itself, is not puffed up…”

2 Corinthians 2:1-4 King James Version (KJV)

“2 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness. For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me? And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all. For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.”

Love of man towards God:

1 John 2:15 King James Version (KJV)

“15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

 

Luke 11:42 King James Version (KJV)

“42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”

Love of God towards man:

Romans 5:8 King James Version (KJV)

“8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

1 John 2:15 King James Version (KJV)

“15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

Wrap-Up:

As you can see, when we are saved through Christ Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit, we are also blessed with the fruits of the Holy Spirit. This is like receiving benefits that come along with the presence of having the Holy Spirit in your life. These are gifts from God, so they are not things we can create or achieve without Him.

Agape love, that divine sense of goodwill for everyone and everything around you, is one of the most significant gifts (in my personal opinion) that we receive through the Holy Spirit. It shows in your actions, speech, thoughts, and ways you live…or at least it should. Many of us are distracted by the stresses of the world which in turn dampen the fruits of the Spirit in our lives.

Examine your life and see where you lack that agape love. Find something or someone in your life where you can demonstrate this and make an effort.

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