Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fruit of the Spirit

I've been participating in a Bible study at our church for the past 5 weeks. We are going through Beth Moore's "Living Beyond Yourself". It is about the fruit (not fruitS-- ONE fruit, multiple qualities) of the Spirit.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."
Galatians 5:22-23

The past few weeks were focused on building a foundation for our study, but this week was the study of the first quality- love. We are only halfway through the week and I am already learning so much and LOVING it. It doesn't hurt that Beth Moore rocks! And if you haven't done one of her studies... find one ASAP and do it! She has such a heart for Jesus and for women. But Beth Moore aside, I am really enjoying learning more about agape love. This is not sexual (eros) love, or friendship (philia) love, but deep, passionate, Jesus-filled love. It's the kind of love that God has for us. There are no strings attached. There are no expectations. It's just raw love. I'm SO enjoying digging into my Bible to find definitions of this love and evidence of this love. It's right here in front of us and all we have to do is grab it. Here's a great article explaining how to become a Christian and truly know God's love for us. And the other awesome thing is that this study is available online (here)! You can order the member book and then watch each video from your computer. I did this with another study of Beth's (Believing God) and it was so nice to be able to do it from my living room!

I hope you all are participating in some kind of fellowship in your life right now... it's so beneficial. And I pray that you can experience God's awesome love, too! Have a wonderful week :)

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