Love Is the Greatest of All the Fruits of the Spirit

Rick Warren wrote, "People become beautiful when you love them, and you become more beautiful when you love others."

This week we are teaching the Fruits of the Spirit for our vacation Bible school to the Boys and Girls Clubs at the Salvation Army in Atlanta Georgia.

Do you know what the first Fruit of the Spirit is? It is Love.
I have heard it said that the other fruits are just a description or expansion of the first, that if you have the fruit of love, you will be full of joy. Love will take away your anxious thoughts and will give you perfect peace. Love in action will make you patient with others as an expression of that love.  Love expresses itself in kindness.  Love brings out all that is good.  Love brings us into a faithful trust.  Love compels us to put the needs of others ahead of our needs, producing self-control.

That's how you treat people whom you love.

Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self- control; against such things there is no law.

But the greatest of these is Love.

Joe