Love has to do with love of God and of His Son Jesus Christ.

And with love of neighbors.

Within the seond dimension of love, there are priorities, thus family has a higher priority than the rest.

After the family comes fellow-believers.

I believe we ought to have a special place in our hearts for the Jews, Messiah's kindred after the flesh.

Also the poor, the widow, the orphan, and the oppressed.

How can we demonstrate our love for all these in the limited time that we have?

A hard quesion and that is why this section will take some time to develop, one module at a time!

A good starting place is a short list of attributes given by Paul in Galatians 5:22-23. He calls this list Fruit of the Spirit.

Notice that he doesn't call it the fruits of the Spirit but just the Fruit of the Spirit.

My  understanding of this is that all of the nine attributes are different aspects of the first one: Love.

Thus love rejoices in the presence of the beloved, so the joy of love is the fruit of the Spirit.

While the absence of love brings tension, love brings peace..

Longsuffering, patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control ... each is an expression of love.

Another passage that acts as a kind of definition of love is Bible chapter, 1 Corinthians 13:

One problem that challenges most Christians is that, even they are determined to love other Christians and the neighbor as themselves, they come up against strife from someone they would rather love. What to do? By faith, ask God's power to love "inspite of".

 

 

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