Week 2 - LOVE
Expressions: The Fruit of the Spirit
The _____________ of walking in step with the Holy Spirit
Galatians 5:22–26 (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things, there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking, and envying each other.
_____________ in Jesus
John 15:1–4 (NIV)
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
CORE Expression - Love
I express the love of Christ through the working of the Holy Spirit to love others unconditionally
1 John 4:11
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
What is your favorite expression of love?
What is your least favorite expression of love?
What is the Enemy of Love?
Galatians 5:19–21 (NIV)
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Enemies of Love:
Hatred – enmity – things that _____________
Discord – emulations – rivalry – A competitiveness that _____________
Fits of rage – outbursts of anger
Selfish ambition – self-centered effort – similar to rivalry
Dissensions – division
Factions – tribalism – cliques - divisive because there are at least two sides
Envy – the inability to celebrate another person’s well-being and success
How do any of these get in the way of walking in step with the Spirit?
Galatians 5:22–26 (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Agape – the _____________ expression of Christ’s love
Love is the _____________ fruit and expression of the Holy Spirit
Love is a _____________ attached kind of love
Love is _____________ love, not ours
1 Corinthians 13:1–13 (NIV)
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 10 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
The absence of love _____________ spiritual effort
The absence of love _____________ the intent of the gift
The presence of love _____________ the presence of God
The presence of love enriches the _____________ of the gifts
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Genuine love is always about the person being loved
Love _____________ the person being loved
Love _____________ the lover to have no strings attached
Love focuses on the _____________ and not the negative
A Comparison of Love to the Fruit of the Spirit
… is patient
… is Kind
… does not envy
… does not boast
… is not proud
… does not dishonor others
… is not self-seeking
… is not easily angered
… keeps no record of wrongs
… does not delight in evil
… always protects
… always trusts
… always hopes
… always perseveres
The Fruit of the Spirit is …
Love is _____________
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Love never fails or falls – there is never a situation in which love is the _____________ expression.
Gifts will end but love will not – Gifts will no longer be necessary when we are in the _____________ presence of Christ.
Language – all will hear the voice of God – one language
Knowledge – Complete
Prophecy – Not needed – Jesus is the pure source of insight and eternity is real
Maturity – when we grow up, we learn sacrificial love – it’s no longer about us
Mirror – the fog, then completeness
Faith – Trust
Hope – Confidence
Love – The nature of Christ – love will never end
We will live in a love context for eternity
Avoid the enemies of love
Take the strings off of our love
Embrace the nature of Enrichment – Are the gifts about you or others?
Embrace the nature of Edification – Are people better because of your expression of love?
Embrace the nature of enduring love – Are you hanging in there with the difficult people?
Seek to remain in Christ so that love becomes an outcome of your relationship with Jesus