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Bear the Fruit of love

In Galatians 5:22-23, there is a list of the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit. The list starts as follows: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love………” Love is first and foremost in the list of 9. Love is a fruit and fruit will grow slowly and surely given the right conditions. We don’t even need to pray for love because love has been “poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit” if we are born again Christians (Rom 5:5; ESV).
The apostle Paul admonishes us to “walk in love” (Eph 5:2; NKJV), abound in love (Phil 1:9) and to “increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone” (1 Thess 3:12; CSB). This suggests that we need to allow the Holy Spirit to grow this fruit of love in us. The Spirit will do this if we allow Him to. We can enable that growth by immersing ourselves in the word which gives a great deal of instruction on how to love. For example, in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, Paul talks about the agape love of God. In that passage, we learn that love is patient, kind, not jealous, arrogant or selfish. It is not easily irritated, does not keep grudges, hides the faults of others, believes the best of people, endures under stress and never fails! Wow!!! These words were written long ago but are still very applicable for us today.
Prayer: Dear God, today I commit to express the love You have put in my heart and with Your help, to walk in love to those around me, in Jesus name I pray, amen

A Servant’s heart

“But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Matt 23:11-12; NKJV). Jesus was saying things here that may have seemed backwards to the multitude and His disciples. Jesus said the great person or leader should be a servant and that the person exalting himself or being haughty and arrogantly prideful, would be humbled or made low. The humble servant hearted person God will honour.
Jesus came to earth to serve, not to be served, to the point of dying on a cross as a sacrifice for sins (Mark 10:45). I am always touched by Christ’s humility and servanthood as he washed the disciples’ feet (John 13:1-17); He said we should do the same. The apostle Paul and the Lord’s brother, James, regarded themselves as servants of God (2 Cor 4:5; James 1:1). Likewise, we are called to serve one another (1 Peter 4:10). I love Phil 2:3-4, Paul exhorts us not to be selfish or full of vanity but to be humble putting others first, considering the needs of others before our own. However, we don’t look to find favour or popularity with man but simply be servants of God (Gal 1:10). We are expected to be an example of humility and servanthood (1 Peter 5:3), did I hear that an ouch or an OK?

The Mercy of God

“He saved us not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but because of His own pity and mercy” (Titus 3:5 AMPC). Where would we be without the mercy of God? It is the mercy of God that gives us forgiveness of sin. The Greek word for mercy is “eleos”; it means compassion, feeling sympathy for someone but also doing something about it. Jesus was moved with compassion to feed the thousands and heal the sick as we read in the gospels, “but when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them…” (Matt 9:36; NKJV).
However, Jesus wants us to be merciful too, “I desire mercy and not sacrifice” (Matt 9:3; NKJV). Jesus quoted this from Hosea 6:6 in the Old Testament. In other words, God is more interested in us showing mercy and compassion towards others than doing religious performance which does not come from the heart. As we have received so much mercy from God, the least we can do is share that with others.
I’m sure you are familiar with the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:29-37. It is a great example of someone showing mercy to others. Jesus said “Go and constantly do the same” (Luke 10:37; AMP). Enough said!

The Virtuous Woman

Proverbs 21:10-31 was written a long time ago but the principles are timeless. So what can we learn from this woman? The word virtuous” can be translated: noble, capable, excellent, good or worthy. We see from the second half of verse 10 that she was a “rare gem”. She comforts, encourages and does her husband only good (v 12). Ladies, our husbands need our praise and encouragement not our nagging!! (See Prov 27:15). Notice that she does him good all the days of her life (she is consistent).
We learn from verse 13 and several other verses that she works hard, work is not a dirty word for her! It also says she works willingly; she doesn’t complain. Along the same lines we see that she is not lazy (V 15,21,27), she gets up early to pray and provide spiritually and physically for her household. We are told that she uses wisdom in financial matters (v 16) and also speaks wisely (v 26). It’s already been stated that she makes a priority of her spiritual life but she is also developing her physical strength (v 17); this requires discipline and being intentional. She is prepared for the future (v 18,25) and is kind and generous (v 20,26). She is clothed with strength and dignity (v 24); these attributes come from within and develop over time.
What is the secret to her success which causes the Holy Spirit to dedicate almost the whole of one chapter of the Bible to this woman? The answer is found in verse 30, she fears the Lord! We all know only too well that outward beauty does not last but inward beauty which comes from our relationship with God lasts forever!


“If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land” (Isa 1:19; NKJV). What a promise, obey God and be blessed. Let’s look at a few obedient people in the Bible. God told Abraham to leave his home and travel thousands of miles to Canaan and that he would give rise to a great nation and be blessed (Gen 12:1-5). Abraham obeyed and all of God’s promises came to be. From Abraham came the people of Israel and Jesus Christ. King David started out as a lowly shepherd boy but God chose him to be king of Israel (1 Sam 16:12-13). David was not perfect but he walked in obedience to God and was perhaps the mightiest king of Israel.
In the New Testament, the apostle Paul persecuted the early church (Acts 7:58; 8:3) but God had a plan for him. God got Paul’s attention in a dramatic encounter (Acts 9:3-19) and he went on in obedience to play a major role in establishing the early church, writing a significant portion of the New Testament. Jesus demonstrated the ultimate act of obedience to his heavenly Father, dying on a cross so we could be forgiven and have salvation (Phil 2:8).
As we walk in obedience to God’s word we too will be blessed (Luke 11:28). The apostle John quoted Jesus saying that as we keep on obeying God’s word both he and the Father would make their home with us (John 14:23). When, in obedience to God, we ask Jesus to be Lord of our lives (Rom 19:9-10) he comes to live in us and give us eternal life (John 8:51). Wow! who would not want to walk in absolute obedience to our heavenly Father?