LOVE. It’s the first Fruit of the Spirit mentioned in scripture.
I’m not gonna get into what love is as that is a whole ‘nother Bible Study in itself. And I’m not going to get into the different types of love. What we will focus on here is the LOVE that is displayed when we let the Holy Spirit dwell in our hearts.
When we allow God to lead our lives, the first fruit we begin to bear is love. Now I’m pretty sure this must come first as all the other fruit is created when love is at the center. It’s like a tree, where all the new growth is budding. Those buds represent love. As love sprouts forth, all the other Fruit of the Spirit will burst from the fresh blooms of love.
So how do we let love pour from ourselves? Willingness.
Personally, I created a morning habit. I wake up and say, “Lord, who do I get to love on today?”
Let us not miss opportunities to love on others because we are so caught up in our own lives.
Love is beyond feelings and emotions; it is an act of giving of oneself. Even on tough days and rough moments, carry on, and love anyways!
Is there a screaming kid out in public? Give the mom an reassuring nod.
Is there an elderly person unloading groceries in their car? Offer to help.
Do you know of someone facing a new medical diagnosis? Be there to listen.
Is your spouse cranky today? Offer grace. (do it-it’s worth it!)
Has someone just had a baby? Volunteer to do laundry or clean a bathroom.
Know anyone moving? Get over there and help pack or help move big items.
Is your child melting down or having bursts of fits? Hug them, then listen.
Has someone lost a loved one? Just be there. No expectations. Your presence is enough.
The possibilities of sharing love is endless! What are some ways you are going to live-out-loud love today?!