2022 05 06

Good morning.

Only the Holy Spirit can enable us to fulfill God's two greatest commandments. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself."

(Matthew 22:37‭-‬39)

In our own strength, we will find success out of reach, but the Lord has provided a way for Christ followers to accomplish the impossible. Holy Spirit works to produce His fruit in us (Gal. 5:22-23). The first quality listed is love, and the remaining eight are actually descriptions of how it is conveyed.

Love isn’t produced by trying harder to muster good will toward someone who is irritating or hard to get along with. Instead, think of the process more like sap running through a branch on a grapevine. In a similar way, the Spirit flows through us, producing God’s love so we can express it to others.

Whenever we demonstrate kindness, patience, or gentleness, it’s God’s doing, not ours.

Though the command to love is enormous, God’s grace makes it possible.