Paul continues his illustration with the fruit of God’s Holy Spirit, not the internal conscience of the believer. The Spirit generates a singular fruit, love. Love is not one “virtue” or “ideal” among others. It is the care for others expressed on concrete acts of unselfishness.
Love is the mainspring of all the other activities. There is no law against the fruit of the Spirit. When you are in Christ and are moved by the Spirit, the unexpected acts of Christian love will come in response to God’s grace.
If you’re sensing a theme about responding to the text with acts of love and compassion, there is a good reason. It’s all through this chapter. Pick one of the other expressions of love you identified on Monday. May your act of love come in response to God’s grace.
Lord Jesus, help me to bear the fruit of love. Thank you for loving me as I am and guiding me to bear fruit in my relationships with you, our congregation, and the community. Amen.
How did you respond to God’s love today? Let us know how you shared God’s love with someone today.
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If you haven’t taken a moment to review the “Overview of Following Jesus Every Day: Galatians,” please do so. You’ll find a few tips that will help you start this journey.