May 1, 2024

Fruit of Love

Written by Boyd Bailey

Undeserved love may be the highest level of love.”

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 1, 2024

But the fruit of the Spirit is love. Galatians 5:22a

Love leads the list of nine character traits that constitute the fruit of the Spirit. Love—the greatest commandment—is God’s gold medal for His children who run the race of faith. This authentic affection for the Lord and people sets the tone for the following eight character traits. Love is foundational because it keeps motives pure and builds trust that delivers truth. Like a loving mom, love looks for ways to give care and comfort.

Love gets behind enemy lines with the determination of a Navy Seal. It is the tip of a sharp arrow that slices into the hardest of hearts. Delicious love is an appetizer and entrée we can offer to hungry souls. It is attractive to acquaintances and it retains friends. We love when we initiate interest, refrain from retaliation, give grace and take responsibility. Love listens, gives, helps, forgives, perseveres, serves and sacrifices. Love is a verb.

“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” (Colossians 3:14).

Your love ties together all other virtues with its eternal elasticity. It doesn’t divide; it unifies. It doesn’t take; it gives. It is not selfish; it is selfless. However, it is the Holy Spirit who dresses you each day in the garment of God’s love. You are not capable of loving beyond human effort without strength from the Spirit. He is the source of your power to love like Christ: you love your enemies, embrace your critics, and forgive all who hurt.

How do you know if you are growing the fruit of love in your life? You begin to know and understand details important to your spouse, children, and friends. Prayer needs, birthdays, anniversaries, interests, pain points, and joy factors all arouse your memory when you are around those in your circle of influence. Your love may courageously ask for help on behalf of another who finds himself in a desperate situation. Love is action.

Furthermore, undeserved love may be the highest level of love. You love an addict even though their capacity to love is numbed, and they only have pain to give back. You love a proud person so they see a model of humility that reminds them of Jesus. You love someone who does not love you because your heavenly Father did this for you before you fell in love with Jesus. Your Spirit-filled fruit of love shares the gospel and your life.

“Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well” (1 Thessalonians 2:7-8).


Lord, cultivate in me the fruit of love as you first loved me. Help me to love you with all my heart and to love others unconditionally. May your love shine through me, drawing others to your grace and transforming lives. Let love be my defining characteristic. Amen.


What is the Lord’s heart for the one in your life who is hard to love?

Related Reading

Luke 6:31-34; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 John 4:19

Worship Resource

Josh Baldwin feat. Jenn Johnson: Made for More


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