What is Love?

Posted: January 3, 2014 in Articles
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We recently heard teaching on the fruit of the Spirit at church. Our pastor said that if we weren’t demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit more and more in our lives, then we were like a kind of monster. And ever since then we’ve had this thought as well as the list of the fruit of the Spirit in our heads.

Galatians 5:22-23 NIV says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

After a couple of weeks, some of us were still individually mulling over the fruit of the Spirit and what our pastor said, and then became interested in remembering how love is defined by God, since we noticed that the very first thing mentioned is love. So what is the Biblical definition of Love?

Corinthians 13: 4-7, 13 NIV: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Even those who do not read the Bible will probably agree that this is the definition of love – after all, how many people have some form of these verses read at their weddings? It is the real definition of love, not the fake Hollywood definition of love, for example. As you read the verses, you notice that the Biblical version of love can be very difficult to carry out.

It’s a good idea for us to keep these verses in our heads. Every day, multiple times a day, it is just too easy to be unloving, and showing love to each other is a very important thing.

by Dink

  1. Jeff says:

    That’s great stuff guys. I regularly pray for both the fruit of the Spirit, as well as those characteristics of love, to be manifest in my life.

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