Fruit of the Spirit

Fruit of the Spirit – Love

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[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen I was young I grew up with some good examples of love. My mother and grandmother were great at showing love in little, everyday acts as well as in grand gestures.

When I had chicken pox, my grandmother sent me a card with red spots drawn on it to scratch. This was so I wouldn’t scratch the real red spots on my skin and make scars. She spent time with her grandchildren, told them stories, and did fun activities with us like planting flowers in the garden or making penguins from toilet rolls. She gave her time for those she loved.

My mother has always been selflessly giving. She sacrificed a successful career so that she could spend more time with her family. She knew exactly what we in her family needed, usually before we asked for it. People in church knew her as patient and kind; to us she was just a great mum.

The love my mother and grandmother showed when I grew up wasn’t fake or airy-fairy. It was about giving. It was about offering something when you knew the other person couldn’t repay in kind.

We all have different examples of love. Some are better than others. The best one, for me, is the example of Jesus. He didn’t just love the people He saw, the people He physically healed and prayed for and raised from the dead. He loved the people He couldn’t have seen with natural eyes. He loved the people who weren’t born yet, and He loved the ones who would never love Him in return. In His divine sacrifice, He reached across to all of us and gave Himself to save us. He chose to die so that we might live lives purchased by love. That’s quite something, and it’s quite an example for us to follow.

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