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“Relevant Scriptural Moment (Love) with “The Fruit of the Spirit” –

Bonnie Nelson Oct. 2018.

“Love”

 

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Remember, I would like to encourage us all to think in terms of :

  1. How can I practically apply this in my life ?
  1. Ask God to Lead & Direct Our every move so that it Brings Glorify to Him.

Let’s start with 3 Focus Points

  1. The part of the Fruit of the Spirit called “Love”…. What is “Love”?
  • 8 Different types of “Love” in the Ancient Greek
  • 4 Biblical Types of “Love”
  • What is “Love”?
  1. Love involves Personal Sacrifices and is Exemplified in Jesus
  1. Love is Essential!
  1. Focus: The part of the Fruit of the Spirit called “Love”…. What is Love?
  1. There are 8 Different Types of Love according to the Ancient Greek
  1. “Eros” or Erotic Love. The first kind of love is Eros, which is named after the Greek god

of love and fertility. …(and it represented the idea of sexual passion and desire). ……

  1. “Philia” or Affectionate Love. …or deep friendship (Brotherly Love)
  2. “Storge” (Pronounced: STOR-jay) or Familiar Love. …
  3. “Ludus” or Playful Love. …
  4. “Mania” or Obsessive Love. …
  5. “Pragma” or Enduring Love. … or longstanding love
  6. “Philautia” or Self Love. …
  7. “Agape” or Selfless Love or love for everyone “ Love which seeks the highest good of

others“.

  1. There are Four Biblical Types of “Love”
  1. “Eros” or Erotic Love. The first kind of love is Eros, which is named after the

Greek god of love and fertility. …(and it represented the idea of sexual passion and desire). ……

  1. “Philia” or Affectionate Love. …or deep friendship (Brotherly Love)
  2. “Storge” (Pronounced: STOR-jay) or Familiar Love. …
  3. “Agape” or Selfless Love or love for everyone “ Love which seeks the highest good of

other“.

  1. What is Love? Definition: Love: “ Love is not based on emotions or feelings. It is a decision to be committed to the well-being of others without any conditions or circumstances”.
  1. Love seeks the highest good of others. Love involves the decision to be committed to the well-being of others. Greek word; agape (pronounced ah-gah-pey)

also translated as “charity”.

  1. Love involves Personal Sacrifice and is Exemplified in Jesus
  1. “ Jesus said: My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command“. (John 15:12-14)
  1. Jesus shows us the Father’s Love.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his One and only son, that whosoever believes in him shall not Parrish but have eternal life”. (John 3:16)

  1. We love because God loves us. Dear Friends, “Let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed His love among us; He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love; not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us we also ought to love one another”.

(I John 4:7-11)

  1. Love involves serving others. “ You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command; “Love your neighbor as yourself”.

(Galatians 5:13-14)

  1. Love is Essential!

 

  1. “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging symbol, if I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not Love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not Love, I gain nothing”. (I Corinthians 13:1-3)

Now introspectively we want to answer the following questions:

  1. How is this relevant to my life?

It is relevant to us because Jesus commanded us to love one another?

  1. How can I practically apply this in my Everyday lIfe?

When I understand the personal sacrifice involved in the command to love each other I can actively be involved in Serving Others and Loving my neighbor as myself?

  1. Love is Essential

How are we doing with it? Question: Is Love evident in my everyday life ? How are we sharing God’s Love and can we think of other ways to spread more Love ?

  1. Let’s Ask God to Lead & Direct Our every move so that it brings Glory to Him ! – Pray
  • Next Month Our Focus will be on “Joy”

Reference Material from:

How the Spirit Works In and Through Believers –

The Fruit of the Spirit / Rose Publishing

“Relevant Scriptural Moment” (1) with “The Fruit of the Spirit” –  Bonnie Nelson 9/11/2018

Today we are going to talk about The Fruit of the Spirit –   We are not going to have a traditional Bible Study but I hope what we will experience is what I call “Relevant Scriptural Moments”. My hope is that this year as a group of Women who love God, We can put aside all our cares and focus on the Scripture As recorded in Galatians 5:22-23. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. I would like to encourage us all to think in terms of :

  1. How is this relevant in my life ?
  1. How can I practically apply this in my life ?  And then,
  1. Ask God to Lead & Direct Our every move so that it Brings Glorify to Him.

It will be exciting to see how God works in us as we Live & Walk in the Spirit and hear our testimonies of how He directs us through these “Relevant Scriptural Moments“ with “The Fruit of the Spirit”. Please listen and ponder the words in these Scriptures and try to see how they fit in your life and let The Holy Spirit guide and direct you to action as it applies to you.  This is personal to each one of us .. It is a way to evaluate our walk with the Lord no matter what our age or condition in life !

  1.     Let’s start with 3 Focus Points
  1. The Spirit v/s The Sinful Nature
  2. The Acts of The Sinful Nature v/s The Fruit of The Spirit &
  3. Bearing Good or Bad Fruit
  1. Now let’s read about the spirit versus the sinful nature.
  1. The spirit works in believers to bring life and peace, but the sinful nature is hostile to God. (Romans 8:6-7). (6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so).
  1. Believers experience conflict between their sinful nature and the spirit in their hearts.

(Galatians 5:17).    (17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[a] you want).

  1. But the sinful nature has been crucified with Christ, so believers are not slaves to it.

(Galatians 5:18,24-25).   18: (But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law).   5: (24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit).

  1. Now Let’s read about :  The Acts of the sinful nature” (Galatians 5:19-21).  

V/S.  The Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)

  1. It says in Galatians 5:19-21.   “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

V/S

  1. “The Fruit of the Spirit” in contrast is recorded in  Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) 22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law”.
  • The Contrast of “The Acts of the sinful nature” and  “The Fruit of the Spirit” is strikingly clear !
  1. Now let’s read about Bearing Fruit (Good & Bad) :  It tells us in Galatians 6:8 :
  1. “The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.“
  1. Luke enlightens us in Chapter 6: verses 43-45 that The Fruit (Good or Bad) that we bear comes from what we have stored up in our hearts.

“ no good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by it’s own fruit… The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart”

  1. We are also told in John 15:1-4a Who the True Vine is and Who the Gardener is & what He does.

Jesus said, “I am the true vine and my father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me and I will remain in you” Now let’s review Our, “Relevant Scriptural Moment”  with “ The Fruit of the Spirit”

  1. We talked about “The spirit versus the sinful nature“. (Romans 8:6-7, Gal.5:17-18,24-25)
  1. We talked about “The Acts of the sinful nature”. (Galatians 5:19-21).

19 “ The acts of the flesh are obvious; sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, self ambition, dissension, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God”.     V/S “The Fruit of the Spirit” in Galatians 5:22-23 22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law”.

  1. And we also talked about “Bearing Fruit” (Good or Bad), The good tree and the bad tree) in  (Luke 6:43-45)

“ The good brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart” Now introspectively we want to answer the questions we proposed in the beginning:

  1. How is this relevant to my life?
  • We must personally answer the question: “Am I living by the Spirit of God or the Sinful Nature ?
  1. How can I practically apply this in my Everyday lIfe?
  • First determine if our actions are in line with the “Acts of the Flesh” in Gal. 5:19-21 or

Evidence of “The Fruit of the Spirit” in Gal. 5:22-23?

  1. “Am I Bearing Good Fruit or Bad Fruit?
  • What is the outpour of My heart?
  1. Let’s Ask God to Lead & Direct Our every move so that it brings Glory to Him !  
  • Next month our Focus will be on the first part of  “The Fruit of the Spirit” … “Love”

Remember: “He made you something special you’re the only one of your Kind” ! ❤️