LOVE…..This isn’t the Hollywood version of love. The word for love in this verse is the original Greek word AGAPE.
There are three types of love. EROS love is known as “erotic love.” PHILOS love is a brotherly love (love between friends) and AGAPE love is the ultimate love…it is the unconditional love.
When you love unconditionally, it doesn’t mean that you won’t get hurt…and it doesn’t mean you won’t be talked about….but it does mean that you are displaying the fruit that JESUS displayed!
This quality is significant to our relationship with God, because we can’t know anything about love apart from Him! 1 John 4:8, says, “He who does not know love does not know God, for God is love.” When we have truly felt God’s love for us in sending His only Son to die on the cross for us, then we cannot help but love others as He has loved us. That kind of love will impact us in a life-transforming way!
So we can ‘taste’ that this fruit signifies an unselfish love that gives…without expecting anything in return. Its a love that always seeks the best for its object. A supernatural love of which we’re not capable apart from the Holy Spirit.
I want to be treated with that kind of love. I want to treat others with that kind of love…and we can..when we live by the Spirit.
Tomorrow is JOY!!