Lesson 27 - The Fruit of Love

We read yesterday about the attributes of the new creation in Christ in Colossians 3. In conclusion we are told:

"And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." (Colossians 3: 14)

All of the other virtues (good attributes, or good fruits) are held together by love. All of these good fruits are characteristics of the love that comes from God. In other words, if you are displaying God's love, you will be displaying the other fruits as well. They come with love, and they are the evidence of God's love in us.

The apostle Paul talked about love in 1 Corinthians 13, and tells us how true love is displayed.

    Read 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a.

This love Paul describes is the fruit of the Holy Spirit, which He produces in the lives of those who are new creations. Of all the works which God does in our lives, this is the central change in our lives. This new love is the evidence that we are becoming new creations in Christ. The apostle John talks about this assurance:

We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. (1 John 3: 14a) John also tells us how we have learned to love: We love because He first loved us. (1 John 4: 19)

Jesus is the perfect example of love, as He laid down His life in love for us when we were still His enemies! This selfless kind of love comes from God, and also leads others to God when they see it!

Point to Ponder:

"As I have loved you, so you must love one another. All men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another. -Jesus(John 13: 34-35)