The Fruit of the Spirit – Love is an Act of the Will
“Down through the years God’s love has shined through misery, tears, and sin like a shaft of sunlight on a dark day. We see God’s love in His revelation, in His mercy, in His patience, and in His redemption. We see the love of God as the infinite One becomes an infant in Bethlehem’s manger. We see it in His life and ministry. And most of all we see it as He hangs on the cross, dying for our sins.” – Dr. George Sweeting
John 15:12 “This is my commandment that you love one another, just as I have loved you.”
As children of God, you and I are commanded to show forth the kind of love we see modeled by our heavenly father and his Son.
God is love (1 John 4:8) and his Son, Jesus Christ, loves us and gave himself up for us as an offering.
As women God call us to:
- Walk in love (Ephesians 5:2)
- To love on another (John 15:12)
- To love our husbands and our children (Titus 2:4)
- To love our neighbors (Matt 22:39)
- To love our enemies (Luke 6:27)
Love is an Act of the Will
Every fruit of the Spirit requires decision and love is no different. It’s hard to love under difficult circumstances, but it needs to be directly cultivated with God’s help!
“Yes, the kind of love Christ modeled calls for deliberate decisions and a conscious effort. His love in us is what enables us to give that love when we want to withhold; to reach out to others when we are tired and want to rest; to serve when we want to be served; and to help others when we ourselves are hurting.” (A Woman’s Walk with God pg. 26)
Love is an continuous 24 hour-a-day commitment
Jesus revealed this kind of Love in the following ways:
- God so loved the World , that He gave his one and only Son (John 3:16)
- The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his Life (Matthew 20:28)
- Jesus willingly set his face to go to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51) where He would die for our sins.
Giving, serving, heading for Jerusalem, dying on a cross-these acts of love are acts of the will, not gestures prompted and powered by mere emotion. It is God who gives us the will to love and the ability to act according to our decisions to love in the ways He calls us to love. Will you look to Him to fill you with the kind of love that gave, served, and died to self, the kind of love modeled by our Savior? This, dear one, is one way we walk with God! (A Woman’s Walk with God pg. 27)
Note: The above information is a study taken from the book, “A Woman’s Walk With God, Growing in the Fruit of the Spirit” by Elizabeth George