Love – Fruit of the Spirit
Loving God and loving others is the #1 Kingdom principle.
One of the first things Jesus will ask you when you get to Heaven is if you learned to love.
Our love walk is vitally necessary when it comes to receiving healing and deliverance, or whatever it is that we are asking the Lord for.
The failure to walk in love can prevent a person from receiving their healing and can block the flow of God’s blessings.
Whatever we receive from the Lord, we receive by faith.
Faith works by love (Galations 5:6).
Without love, our faith will not work properly.
If we are not receiving answers to our prayers, perhaps we need to check up on our love walk.
Unforgiveness and hatred are deadly to our love walk, and these are blessing blockers.
To hate our brother is the same as walking in darkness, according to 1 John 2:11.
We cannot say that we love God and are walking in the light, yet hate our brother at the same time (1 John 1:5-8, 2:9).
Hatred is as the sin of murder, and no murderers will inherit eternal life (1 John 3:15, Revelation 21:8).
If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
If you do not have love in your heart for someone, the Holy Spirit can place that love there.
Romans 5:5 tells us that the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
In the Old Testament, there was probably nothing of greater importance than the burnt offerings and sacrifices. Yet love is superior to all of the sacrifices.
David said in Psalms 51:16-17 that God does not delight in sacrifices and burnt offerings, but in a broken and contrite heart.
The heart and attitudes of man is what God is after.
Mark 12:33 (NKJV) says, “And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
The law of Moses contains numerous laws. However, if we just walk in one law – the law of love – we will have fulfilled the law.
Romans 13:8-10 (NKJV) says, “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.”
Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law.
If you walk in love, you will not break any of the ten commandments.
Jesus commands us to love one another. John 13:34-35 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
In John 14:21 Jesus said that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments.
In John 15:13 Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”
Greek word for “love” = Agape (noun). Sacrificial, unselfish love; benevolence; good will. God’s love for mankind. Our love for God and others. Agape love involves feelings of affection, but is based on a decision of the will. Agape love always gives, and puts the interests of others before its own.
Agape is a term used for the Love Feasts in the early church. The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary states: “At this meal the Christians, in connection with their common Redeemer Jesus Christ, ignored all distinctions of rank, wealth and culture, and met as members of one family.”
Greek word for “love” = Agapao (verb). To regard the best welfare of another. To have preference for one another. To prize and treasure. Love for the brethren. God’s love for mankind as demonstrated by giving His one and only Son. Our love for God demonstrated in affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, and grateful recognition of benefits received.
Greek word for “love”: Phileo – friendship; to be kindly disposed to one; tender affection; personal attachment; sentimental feelings; to love from the heart.
Greek word for “love”: Philos – a dear one; to be fond of; a friend; an associate; a neighbor.
Greek word for “love”: Philadelphia – brotherly love; the love which Christians cherish for each other as brethren.
Greek word for “love”: Philandros – affectionate as a wife; a wife showing affection to her husband. Titus 2:4a.
Greek word for “love”: Philoteknos – loving one’s offspring or children. Titus 2:4b.
Greek word for “love”: Philanthropia – love of mankind; benevolence; philanthropy. Acts 28:2; Titus 3:4.
Greek word for “love”: Philanthropos – love of mankind; philanthropy; humane; kindness. Acts 27:3.
Agape (noun) and agapao (verb) is the highest form of love, and is imparted to us by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5).
Without agape love in operation, it is not possible to act in genuine phileo or philos love (love for the brethren, family and friends).
In 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul gives us a clearer understanding of what it means to walk in agapao love.
Love is Patient (Greek: makrothumeo) – to be long spirited, forbearing, patient; to be patient in bearing the offenses and injuries of others; to be mild and slow in avenging; to be long suffering; slow to anger, slow to punish.
Love is Kind (chresteuomai) – to show oneself helpful; to act benevolently; to show oneself mild.
Love is Not Envious (zeloo) – to have warmth of feeling against; to be heated or boiling; jealousy.
Love is Not boastful (perpereuomai) – braggart; to vaunt oneself.
Love is Not Proud or Arrogant (phusioo) – to be haughty; to inflate; blow up; blow out; to cause to swell up.
Love is Not Rude (aschemoneo) – to be (or act) unbecoming; behave unseemly.
Love is Not Self-Seeking (zeteo) – seek; require; demand (one’s own way); selfishness; self-centeredness.
Love is Not Easily Angered (paroxuno) – to exasperate; to irritate; provoke; rouse to anger; to be sharp.
Love Thinks No Evil (Greek: kakos) – troublesome; injurious; pernicious; destructive; baneful; keeping a record of wrongs.
Love Does Not Rejoice in Iniquity (Greek: adikia) – injustice; moral wrongfulness (of character, life or act).
Love Rejoices in Truth (Greek: aletheia) – what is true in any matter under consideration (opposed to what is feigned, fictitious, false); truth as a personal excellence; that candor or mind which is free from affectation, pretense, simulation, falsehood, deceit.
Love Bears All Things (Protects) (Greek: stego) – to roof over, (figuratively) to cover with silence; to keep secret; to hide; conceal; to protect or keep by covering; to preserve; to bear up against; hold out against, and so to endure, bear, forbear.
Love Believes All Things (Trust) (pisteuo) – to have faith (in, or with respect to, a person); to think to be true; to be persuaded of; to credit; place confidence in.
Love Hopeth All Things (Expect) (elpizo) – to expect; expect the best.
Love Endures All Things (hupomeno) – abide, remain; i.e. bear trials; have fortitude; persevere.
Love Never Fails (or Falls) (pipto) – to fall; used of descent from a higher place to a lower; used of descent from a standing to a prostrate position; to fall from a state of uprightness; i.e. to sin; to come to an end; cease.
Galations 5:13 says, “For you have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love SERVE ONE ANOTHER.”
To serve means to minister to others, attending to and waiting upon others, caring for others, serving the welfare of others.
To be a servant one must have a spirit of humility.
Servanthood is putting the best interests and needs of others before oneself.
A servant attitude is one of meekness, kindness and gentleness.
A servant leader leads by example.
To serve others is to show honor, preferring one another (Romans 12:10).
To serve others is to esteem others higher than ourselves.
Philippians 2:3-4 says, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Jesus defines greatness as that of being a servant.
Before God exalts a person to leadership, He looks for a servant heart.
Mark 10:43-44 says, “Whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister; and whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.”
A servant leader seeks to be a good example to others. They lead by serving, and their followers learn to serve by observing their leader.
Jesus is our ultimate example of a servant leader.
Mark 10:45 (NKJV) says, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” John 6:38 states: “For I have come down from Heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”
Jesus is our role model of how to demonstrate servanthood to others. Jesus left His place at the head table to wash His disciples’ feet (John 13:5). Jesus also displayed humility by ministering to the needs of people around him. He healed people and went about doing good.
Jesus and the Bride of Christ serve one another.
Jesus serves the Church by demonstrating His unending love, humility, mercy, goodness, kindness, graciousness and faithfulness.
Jesus leads by example. There is no selfishness in Him. He is concerned about the needs of His Bride.
Jesus laid His life down for His Bride, and He wants us to lay our lives down for one another.
Jesus is very patient. He is not harsh, sharp or easily angered.
Jesus cherishes His Bride, fostering her with tender loving care, with the implication of brooding over her like a hen would brood over her chicks, keeping them warm and safe.
Jesus nourishes and nurtures His Church.
There is a distinction between being a church-goer and being the Bride of Christ.
A person can be religious and not even be saved.
The Bride is in love with Jesus and seeks to do His will.
The Bride serves her Bridegroom (Jesus). She finds out what pleases Him the most and then does those things.
Agape love and servanthood means to show honor, respect, courtesy and consideration to one another.
Honor is defined as: high regard or great respect given, received or enjoyed; dignity; repute; esteem; to treat with deference and courtesy.
Respect is defined as: to feel or show honor or esteem for; hold in high regard; to consider or treat with deference or dutiful regard; to show consideration for; courteous regard; to avoid intruding upon (such as respecting others’ boundaries and feelings).
The term “deference” is defined as: a yielding in opinion, judgment or wishes; courteous regard or respect; honor.
In certain passages of the Bible, some translators use the word “respect” while other translations use the term “reverence”.
Reverence is similar to respect, except has deeper meaning. Reverence implies deep respect together with love.
To revere is to have high esteem or awe for; to venerate. Reverence suggests a regarding with great respect, affection, honor and deference.
Love edifies others.
Romans 14:19 says, “Therefore, let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.”
Romans 15:2 says, “Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, for his edification.”
Edify is defined as: “to build up (as in the idea of building a structure); a builder; an edifice; an architect; to construct; to confirm; to establish; to be a house builder; to rebuild; to build up from the foundation; to restore or repair.”
Thayer’s Greek Lexicon further defines “edify” as to promote growth in Christian wisdom, affection, grace, virtue, holiness and blessedness.
The opposite of edification is to tear down, to damage, to destroy, to injure, to harm, to break, to weaken, to put others down, to discourage or depress, to destabilize, to undermine, to demoralize, to cut away by unkind remarks or actions, to crush, to deflate, to diminish or reduce, to shred into pieces, to belittle, to humiliate, to criticize, to disdain, to be negative.
Remember the “3 E’s”:
Love never fails. If things are failing in your life, then check your love level.
Love is not just an attribute of God, God IS love. God is not faith, but He is full of faith. God is not mercy, but He is merciful. However, God IS love. That’s the essence of who He is.
There are no limitations to those who walk in God’s love.
The revelation of all possibilities is in the understanding of my love identity.
The Church has been in the state of reason and emotion for a long time. They feel good, and may run around, yet don’t have the success or victory rate you should have if you got the revelation of His love. When you’re in a real fight, you have to know how to use the Sword of the Spirit and be led by the Spirit. The Church needs to go to the reality of who you really are in Christ and what you have on the inside of you and be able to use the Sword of the Spirit accurately and skillfully.
Ephesians 3:14-21 – Love Identity. How do I access or activate this kind of love identity?
Love is the highest you can go in the realm of the Spirit. Love is higher than faith, and even higher than the blood of Jesus. Love is God and God sent the Blood. Love is higher than the Gifts of the Spirit.
Love is the most excellent way.
God is love and love is God’s whole identity. When you love God, you got all the promises of God, from Genesis to Revelation. You have the fullness of God.
Love makes you more than a conqueror. Romans 8:20. Anything defeating me is only temporary.
Ephesians 3 (prayer Paul prayed for inner strength to be bold, strong, victorious, joyful).
Romans 5 you can be in the greatest battle. We glory in tribulation also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience, and patience experience, and experience hope. And hope makes not ashamed because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. “Hearts” is referring to your soul. The love of God is shed abroad in my mind and emotions, and I am conscious of the fact that God will never leave me or forsake me.
God’s love is shed abroad in your emotions. Say “touch me Lord Jesus”, and He will.
God can shed abroad His love into your imagination. Can you imagine what would happen to your life?
Romans 12:2 cannot work without love. You cannot fully renew the mind with just the Word, but you need the love of God to renew the mind. The perfect will of God means love.
The love of God is shed abroad in our will.
Perfect love casts out fear. 2 Timothy 1:7. The power, love and a sound mind cannot work without love.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, be not dismayed, for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee. I will help thee. I will uphold thee with My right hand.
Ephesians 3:14, inner man is your soul.
The root of the Spirit is love. Everything else is the fruit.
When you get out of love, you get into the flesh and into pride.
Your first works is love.
Love is the master of the Spirit world.
When you are all upset and walk out of love, you are not as powerful as you could be.
The love walk is not an emotional love walk. It’s triumphant.
Satan downplays love because he knows how powerful it is. This world demonstrates weak love.
Be rooted and grounded in love.
Love surpasses knowledge.
Love surpasses facts. I’ve got something in me to stir up miracles.
Love is supernatural.
Your life will be transformed by God’s love inside of you.
You have to be strengthened in your inner man by God’s love, before you qualify for the next verse. Ephesians 3:20 “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us …”
The richest attribute of God’s Glory is love.
Galations 5:6 says faith which works by love.
Love is the ground wire.
The stagnation and frustration you’ve been going through is over. Love makes grace show up.
You will be stronger than you’ve ever been in your life, because of a deeper love relationship between you and God.
Love will never let you down, even when you make a mistake.
“The past won’t last.” Whatever you need wiped out can be wiped out by the power of love.
Love gives. “For God so loved the world that He gave …”
“God so loved the world” … that’s you and me. He loves us just the way we are. He just wants you to surrender yourself to Him and receive Him as Savior and Lord.
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit involves tongues, but is a baptism of the love of God.
Works don’t replace love.
Return to your first love and first work (Revelation 2:1-7).
All limitations can be crossed by love.
We are called in Christ to make marks which cannot be erased, and love makes those marks.
Because of love I will live and declare the glory of the Lord.
Love brings results to our prayers and faith.
“Lord, spread Your love through my imagination.”
Love heals the broken heart.
There is no greater love on earth than being a grandparent.
Love can be stirred up. Hebrews 10:24 “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.”
Love is greater than faith. Though I have all faith to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing (1 Corinthians 13:2).
Love is greater than tongues and prophesying. Without love, I am as a clanging symbol and am nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-2).
Love is greater than giving away all your money and goods to the poor, or giving yourself as a martyr, for without love it profits me nothing (1 Corinthians 13:3).