Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 25, 2019

The fruit of the Spirit, love, endures. It “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

Today’s devotion comes from John 15:12-17.

“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.  You are My friends if you do what I command you.  No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing;  but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.  You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.  This I command you, that you love one another.”  John 15:12-17.

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We all have different talents.  Accordingly, we serve each other in different ways.

But, the common impetus of service is love.  “… through love serve one another.”  Galatians 5:13.

And, that love is a fruit of the Spirit.  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;  against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22-23.

In the middle of today’s Scripture that commands us to love one another, Christ describes love as fruit and gives us hope that we can love.

“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, …”  Verse 16.

Some of the fruit of the Spirit is defined as love in the well-known Biblical chapter of love which is 1 Corinthians chapter 13.

“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous;  love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly;  it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (which is summarized by the one word and fruit “faithfulness”)  1 Corinthians 13:4-7.

Jesus states “your fruit would remain”.  The world produces love that is a “flash in a pan” and a “photo opportunity”.  But, the fruit of the Spirit remains.  The world quickly turns and criticizes and dismisses.  But, the fruit of the Spirit, love, endures.  It “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”  1 Corinthians 13:7.

God’s love for us endures.

“For I, the LORD, do not change;  therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.”  Malachi 3:6.

“The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying,
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”  Jeremiah 31:3.

“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.”  Psalm 135:1.


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