Scripture lays out God’s values – his instructions for living. Jesus distilled them in Matthew 22:36-40: “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Sounds pretty simple, and although we know that we need support and encouragement to live it out, it IS pretty simple: we are to love God with everything we have, with everything we are – nothing held back. And we are to love our neighbor – everyone – even as we love ourselves: without reservation, tenderly, thoughtfully, with understanding and mercy. This is one of the reasons we invest in fellowship, and we do remind you to join us on August 06 at 6 PM for a seminar on The Fruit of the Spirit. Come enjoy refreshing summer salads and an exploration of scripture. You will be welcome!
With God’s Holy Spirit present – just as Jesus promised – and willing to teach and uphold us, to comfort and to guide us, we learn more about what scripture teaches, and it can become increasingly important in our day-to-day lives. With that learning, comes a deepening, ever alive, relationship with God. This is the foundation of our faith: God is with us!
In due season, then, as we live and learn, the fruit of the Spirit are in evidence. We grow, we change – becoming more Christlike. We see these fruit: love, joy, peace, forbearance (or patience), kindness (or mercy), goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law. (Scripture reference: Galatians 5:22-23).