“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).
At our local congregation, I teach the preschool/Kindergarten class which is made up of children between the ages of 3 and 5 years of age. One of the songs that I enjoy singing with the children is the “Fruit of the Spirit” song which helps the children remember the 9 different components of the fruit of the Spirit which are mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23. Showing the “fruit of the Spirit” means that we are exemplifying the same traits that are mentioned in the Bible that the Holy Spirit possesses, which also means that we are shaping our inner selves to show more of Christ to others than of our own selves. The next series of articles will cover one of the 9 fruit of the Spirit. I will begin this article with the first fruit of the Spirit: Love.
We are to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 7:12). We are to show love towards others by helping them and teaching them about living the faithful Christian life. In English, the word “love” can be applied to various situations. The word “love” can be applied to your feelings toward your spouse, your parents, siblings, strangers, or even a cup of coffee. Koine Greek, which is the language that the writers of the New Testament used, designated a specific word for each version of love that we feel in different situations. Here are the Greek words that were used during Christ’s time to convey the meaning of the word “Love.
"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God." (I John 4:7).
In Part 2 of this series on the Fruit of the Spirit, I will be discussing the subject of Joy!