Category: Holy Spirit

How to be Filled with the Holy Spirit

What is the filling of the Holy Spirit? How can a person be filled with the Holy Spirit and how does a person know that he / she is filled with the Holy Spirit?

It’s important to understand that the Holy Spirit has been promised to every Christian believer. In John 14:16-17 Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit is our Helper who will dwell inside of us forever.
However there is a difference between the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the filling of the Holy Spirit.
For example, 1 Corinthians 3:16 says “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”
That scripture is speaking of the fact that the Holy Spirit simply dwells or resides inside the Christian believer.

The filling of the Holy Spirit however, speaks of the influence and control that the Holy Spirit must have in our individual lives. For example, Ephesians 5:18 says “Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit”.
Therefore when a person is drunk with wine or alcohol – the wine is not only dwelling inside that person, but the wine is influencing and controlling how that drunk person thinks, behaves and how he makes decisions.
So Paul is contrasting that by saying that instead of wine influencing and controlling our thinking and behavior – as Christians, the filling of the Holy Spirit is about us allowing the Holy Spirit to influence and control every area and aspect of our life. The Holy Spirit should therefore influence and control how we think, behave and make decisions in our life. The Holy Spirit our motives, our relationships, our character so that everything in us and about us is under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
That is the filling of the Holy Spirit.

 

How Can We Be Filled With The Holy Spirit?

1. By Obedience to God
Sin is what basically hinders the filling of the Holy Spirit. However, obedience to God is how the filling of the Holy Spirit is maintained.
Jesus said that if we love Him then we will obey His commandments. Jesus also said that the Holy Spirit will bring to remembrance all the teachings and things that He has taught us.
Therefore our remembrance and obedience to God’s word allows the Holy Spirit the freedom to fill us and work in our lives.

2. By Glorifying Christ
Our motive must always be to glorify Jesus Christ if we want to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The primary purpose of the Holy Spirit in our life is to equip us and enable us to live a life that glorifies Jesus Christ.

Therefore it’s important for every Christian believer to be influenced and controlled by the Holy Spirit.

 

SELF-CONTROL – Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:23 NKJV
But the fruit of the Spirit … self-control.

Self-control is an important quality that should be part of the character of any human being. The Greek word for self-control is “egkrateia”, which means having command or “mastery over” , or possession of, “one’s own behavior.”
Without self-control, people give in to all sorts of temptations from the devil and become easily led to act more out of feeling and emotion rather than to act according to the word of God.

The Holy Spirit is able to teach us and help us to have self-control is our daily lives. Sometimes we need to control our anger; our attitude; our thoughts; our emotions and our actions on a daily basis.
We must understand that we are responsible for our own actions.

2 Timothy 3:1-6
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

Paul writes that in the last days people will be “without self-control”. Clearly a person who does not have self-control is a person who does not submit to rules and to the authority of God. For without self-control, chaos reigns in the life of a person.

The self-control that is the fruit of the Holy Spirit has the following attributes

  1. This kind of self-control comes from the Holy Spirit and is dependent on the Spirit of God
  2. This kind of self-control recognizes that God is in authority and submits to the will and word of God
  3. This kind of self-control has actions and reactions that glorify God. It is not self-centred.
  4. This kind of self-control does not only rely on emotions and feelings alone.
  5. This kind of self-control allows the Holy Spirit to control every area of a person’s life from the mental, spiritual to their physical state.

2 Peter 1:5-7 NKJV
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

Clearly for a person to grow spiritually, one of the virtues that a person must have is self-control. Many great men have fallen because they lacked self-control. Perhaps they committed adultery or they could not control their temper.

TODAY. Pray for the Holy Spirit to teach you to exercise self-control.

GENTLENESS – Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23 AMP
But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is Gentleness (meekness, humility)

Gentleness in the Greek, “prautes”, commonly known as meekness or humility is a virtue of God. It is a fruit of the Holy Spirit that is available in our lives through the Holy Spirit.

Gentleness is not about being a “soft” person whom people can push around, bully and exploit.

 

The fruit of Gentleness means the following:

  1. You are submissive and obedient to the will of God
  2. You are meek and humble. Therefore you are not governed by pride in your attitude towards life and towards other people.
  3. You have a balanced and modest opinion of yourself. You see yourself through God’s eyes. You do not see yourself as being “better” than somebody else.
  4. You are always conscious that God must be glorified in all that you do. You are not boastful, but you realize that every good thing in your life is because of God and not because of your own effort alone.

Titus 3:1-2 NKJV
Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.

Paul writes that we are to show “ALL humility to ALL men”. Gentleness / Humility is therefore is an important attribute to have in our relationships. It is very easy in our different interactions with people to be very boastful and conceited. Therefore whenever we are not humble, we give room to pride, which will then lead us to have a wrong and ungodly opinion of ourselves and of others.
1 Peter 5:5 says “…and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
Therefore put on humility as a virtue wherever you go and with whomever you interact with.
Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and remind you and instill in you the virtue of gentleness / humility.

Philippians 2:8-9
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,

Even Jesus humbled Himself. While He was in human form, He had great power, great authority, great influence and yet He showed great humility in His relationships and in the way He behaved.
God wants us to show humility even when we have power and authority. God wants us to use our influence and authority to His glory and to submit to His will.

TODAY. Show gentleness; show humility.

 

FAITHFULNESS – Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22 NKJV
But the fruit of the Spirit is … faithfulness

How committed are you to what you believe in? Are you steadfast and firm in the word of God?
Are you committed your relationships?

Faithfulness requires that we be committed. It is part of God’s quality and character and the Lord desires that His children be committed and faithful to Him and to His word.

2 Timothy 2:13 NKJV
If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.

Even when we don’t have faith in God or in His word, God will always remain faithful to His teachings and to His principles. Whatever God promises do to – He WILL do it. God does not change. His word does not return to Him void.
However, being faithful and committed is not always easy. Nevertheless God desires that we be faithful.

Therefore what are some of the attributes of one who walks in faithfulness to the things of God?

  1. Recognize that it’s not all about you. Realize that you serve a higher purpose and a higher Being than just yourself. Therefore when you make a decision to follow God, be committed to God. (Matthew 16:24-25 : Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me”)
  2. God must be the author of your life and of your faith. You must also fix your eyes on the Lord (Hebrews 12:2 : Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.)
  3. We must know who our rewarder is. When we keep the faith or remain faithful, God is the one who rewards us ultimately. Not man. (Hebrews 11:6 : But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him).
  4. You must always realize that God is faithful to keep His promises. (Hebrews 11:11-12 : By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.)
  5. Be faithful even in the LITTLE things. (Matthew 25:21 : His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord”)
  6. Be faithful with other people’s property. (Luke 16:10-12 : He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?) 
  7. Be led by the Holy Spirit, because faithfulness is a fruit of the Spirit.

TODAY. Allow the Holy Spirit to help you to continually be faithful.

 

GOODNESS – Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22 NKJV
But the fruit of the Spirit is … goodness,

It is God’s desire that we become good people through His Son Jesus. After all, when God created Man, before Man sinned in the Garden of Eden, God saw that Man was good. When God created the entire earth and all the creatures, God saw that all that He had created was good.
God is full of goodness, therefore only good can come from Him.

Genesis 1:31 NKJV
Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day

Goodness comes from the Greek word “ agathosune”, and can be defined as To be desired or approved of; That which is morally right or excellent; righteousness; best part of anything; Essence; Strength; kindness

This type of Goodness has the following attributes

  1. Goodness is a virtue of God
  2. We can have the quality of goodness inside us through the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 5:9 :for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth)
  3. This type of Goodness does not discriminate; (Luke 6:33: “And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.”)
  4. Goodness comes first from inside of us and is motivated by the desire to please God; (Luke 6:45 : A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good…)
  5. This type of Goodness is genuine. It cannot be faked or counterfeited; it is not hypocritical (Matthew 6:1 :”Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven”)
  6. This type of goodness is NOT self-made but it is God made through Christ in us. We cannot go to Heaven or please God based on our own effort or our own goodness. It is only through the goodness and grace of God through Christ in us. (Ephesians 2:8-10 :For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. )
  7. This type of goodness leads people to repentance. (Romans 2:4: Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?)

Matthew 7:18-20 NKJV
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

The fruit of Goodness comes to us through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our lives. God is good. Therefore we need God by His Spirit to teach us to be good not only for ourselves, but also for others.

TODAY. Be good, just as God is good.

KINDNESS – Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22 NKJV
But the fruit of the Spirit is … kindness,

Kindness is defined as having or showing a friendly, generous, and considerate nature.
I personally like to define it as compassion in action.
Kindness is acting for the good of people whether the people deserve it or not and without particularly judging them.

Matthew 14:14-15 NKJV
And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.

Jesus always acted out of love for the good of others. His love and compassion for people caused Him to act in kindness towards people even if they didn’t deserve it.
We live in a world where people’s love for one another has grown cold. People have become more selfish, more greedy, more stingy and more self-centred.

When Jesus went about healing and helping all those who needed Him, Jesus did not judge the people, nor decide whether the people deserved His help or not. Jesus would see a need and then He would meet it.

Matthew 5:45-46 NKJV
… for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

God’s kindness does not discriminate. Everyone needs God whether they know it or not. God continues to provide people’s needs whether people love Him or not.

The word kindness comes from the Greek word chrestotes (khray-stot-ace). Anyone who demonstrated this quality of chrestotes was considered to be compassionate, considerate, sympathetic, humane, kind, or gentle.

The Holy Spirit is able to help us to show kindness to others as kindness is an attribute and characteristic of God.

TODAY. Allow the Spirit of God to help you to demonstrate kindness to others.

 

PATIENCE – Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22 NKJV
But the fruit of the Spirit is … longsuffering 

Patience is part of God’s character. It is a character that you too can have through the Holy Spirit.
The Greek word for Patience is makrothumia (mak-roth-oo-mee’-ah)”. This Greek word denotes longsuffering, endurance, and fortitude.

We live in an impatient world. Everything needs to be done quickly and at the touch-of-a-button or else people will easily give up, give in, complain and become disappointed.
However, in life, there is a time for everything. God wants us to be patient. Not everything happens the way we want it and whenever we want it. Therefore we must always be patient and allow God to do His work in His own time.

James 1:2-4 NKJV
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

The patience that comes from the Holy Spirit has the following attributes

  • This type of patience is produced by the testing of your faith through the problems and challenges that you may face in your life.
  • This type of patience is not just about waiting for something to happen. It is about being strong in the Lord while you wait.
  • This type of patience helps to build your character and your relationship with God because it is an exercise in maturity, endurance and fortitude.
  • This type of patience matures you so that you lack nothing. You become confident in the Lord.

2 Peter 3:8-9 NKJV
But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

God is patient. God wants YOU to be patient too. And if you want to be patient then you need the Holy Spirit to teach you to be patient.
A situation can test your patience; a person can test your patience; God can test your patience. Either way, you need to endure and persevere in the midst of tests and trials because when you pass the patience test, you are assured of God’s promise.
Have faith in God as you wait on the Lord. Don’t focus on the time frame; don’t be limited by time. God is not limited by time.

Hebrews 10:36 NKJV
For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

TODAY. Allow the Holy Spirit to enable you to be patient.

How Can I Find Peace In My Life?

Galatians 5:22 NKJV
But the fruit of the Spirit is … peace …

How can i find peace in my life? Have you ever asked yourself this question? We live in a world full of strife, disagreements, lack of rest and lots of stress. It seems difficult in the midst of our circumstances to find peace.
However, what is peace? How do we find peace? The world may define peace as the absence of war; or as the absence of problems.
However, how does God define peace in a fallen world such as ours?

Peace, from a biblical perspective is a state of rest in the Lord; it is when you are in a state of calm and assurance that everything is under God’s control despite the physical and environmental circumstances.
The Greek word for Peace is “eirene”, which expresses the idea of calmness, completeness, or tranquillity in the soul that is unaffected by the outward circumstances. The word eirene strongly suggests the rule of order in place of outward chaos.

John 14:27-28 NKJV
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

The peace that Christ gives in this world is not the absence of problems. Jesus does not promise us that our problems on this earth will seize.
However, He does promise that if we yield to the Holy Spirit and if we rely on Him, we will have peace even in the midst of our circumstances.
The peace that comes from the Holy Spirit is different from the worldly peace and God’s peace has the following attributes
1. This peace can only be provided by God and by nobody else
2. This peace continues to exist inwardly in the midst of outward chaos
3. This peace surpasses all understanding and calms the mind and thoughts of a person
4. This peace rests completely in God and trusts and believes that God is in complete control of any and every situation.
5. This peace will guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

According to God’s word, the peace that the Holy Spirit provides can only come by PRACTICALLY doing the following:
1. Do not be anxious about ANYTHING
2. Pray about EVERYTHING and let God know what is on your heart and mind
3. Be THANKFUL to God even in the midst of the chaos
4. Let God know ALL your REQUESTS
5. Completely TRUST and have FAITH in God that He will guide you through
6. Set your mind on good and righteous thoughts. Do NOT continue to focus on your problems.

Philippians 4:8-9 NKJV
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Don’t meditate on your problems any longer. Whenever you focus your mind and thoughts on Godly thoughts and things, you will find that your perspective will begin to change. Focusing or meditating on Godly positive thoughts will lead you to a state of inward peace.

How can i find peace? TODAY. Receive the PEACE that comes from the Holy Spirit.

How Can I Obtain This Kind Of Peace In My Life?
In order to find this kind of peace in your life, you must become born again; you must become a Christian.
A person cannot have true peace without having Jesus in his or her life.
Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace and the Source of peace (Isaiah 9:6).


True peace begins when I become a born again Christian.

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST TODAY?

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16)
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God
Why not make your eternal decision NOW?

We become born again Christians through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26)

This prayer is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I make You my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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How Can I Have The Joy of The Lord?

How can you have the joy of the Lord in your life? Is there a difference between the joy of the Lord and the joy / happiness that comes from the world?
The scriptures reveal that joy is part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, the joy that is of God is far different from the definition of joy / happiness according to the world.

Acts 13:52 NKJV
And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

The Greek word for JOY when referring to the Fruit of the Spirit is “Chara”.

  • This type of joy comes only from God. The Holy Spirit is the source of this type of joy.
  • It is a supernatural joy.
  • This joy is not based on human happiness nor is it just a feeling.
  • This type of joy will remain and continue to exist even during hard times.
  • This type of joy will strengthen you through your trials.
  • This type of joy exists, not because of the circumstances, but it exists because of the Holy Spirit and it is part of God’s personality.

People look towards money, power, material things and various types of relationships for joy. But the problem of having such things as the source of your joy, is that such joy is short-lived and is temporary. Money can go; power can be lost; material things can burn; and if your joy is based on such things then your joy is temporary and susceptible to the circumstances.

Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV
… for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Your joy must come from the Holy Spirit. The source of your joy must be God. Because the joy of the Lord is forever. The joy of the Lord is your strength and nobody can take this type of joy away from you.

James 1:2 NKJV
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,

The Holy Spirit is able to allow your joy to remain even through trials. He is able to strengthen you so that your challenges do not overwhelm you.

How to allow the joy of the Holy Spirit to work in your life…

6 Ways To Have The Joy of The Lord In Your Life

  1. You must be a born again Christian; John 3:5-6 says – Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit”.
  2. You must abide in Christ Jesus; Believe His word and totally trust in Him. In John 15:11, Jesus says “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full”
  3. At ALL times in your life, you must have a thankful attitude – ALL THE TIME. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”. Having a thankful attitude gets you focused on the good things going on in your life and not on your problems. When you are thankful to God always, you allow the joy of the Holy Spirit to manifest in your life.
  4. Think good and righteous thoughts. Do not worry. Don’t focus on your problems. Philippians 4:8 says “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things.”
  5. Be joyful. Rest in the Lord. Give all your issues to the Lord and let God fight your battles for you. Philippians 4:4 says “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”
  6. You must be led by the Holy Spirit and not walk in the flesh. Galatians 5:16 says “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”

Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is … joy …

TODAY. Be filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ name.

 

LOVE – Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Do you want to know what God’s personality is like?
Ephesians 5:1 says “Be imitators of God as His dear children”.
God wants us to be like Him in character and in our behavior. After all, we are made in His image.
Therefore if you desire to be an imitator of God, then look at and learn about the 9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit are the characteristics of God and in this particular post I am going to focus on LOVE. To know how to love, then you need to love like God loves.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NKJV
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

Paul uses the Greek word “Agape” to describe the kind of love mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13.

  • Agape Love is unconditional and sacrificial. It is the God kind of love.
  • Agape love looks for the best in a person even whilst that person is in their worst state.
  • Agape love will cause somebody to sacrifice the best of themselves for the one they love.
  • God showed such love when He sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins whilst we were yet sinners.
  • Agape love will not behave rudely but will treat everybody with respect and compassion, irrespective of the background, skin colour or class in society.
  • Agape love does not seek its own in that this kind of love is motivated by seeking the well-being of others. With this kind of love, it’s not about what’s in it for you – but also what’s in it for the other person.
  • Agape love is not easily provoked or offended. In fact, this kind of love will love its enemies.
  • When somebody has Agape love, they do not think that they are better than the other person; neither do they think conceited and arrogant thoughts about themselves
  • Agape love never fails. It ultimately wins.

This is the LOVE that is part of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is part of the character and personality of God. 1 John 4:8 says that “…God is love”. God wants you to show His personality of love in your own life. God wants you to love just as He loves.

As a born again Christian, God’s Holy Spirit dwells inside of you. The Holy Spirit is able to teach you, guide you and enable you to show Agape love in your life. Having such a Fruit inside of you and working in you through the enabling of the Holy Spirit will result in you being more like God in character and will bring all glory to God through Christ Jesus.

TODAY. Walk in the Spirit. Show Agape love.