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Summary: A thorough examination of love from a Bible perspective.

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Fruit of the Spirit—LOVE (3 lessons)

Series: Fruit of the Spirit Teaching Series

Chuck Sligh

February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014

Fruit of the Spirit—LOVE

(Part 1)

TEXT: Galatians 5:22-23 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

Q. = Discussion QUESTION for the class / A. = ANSWERS or possible answers

INTRODUCTION

The last two lessons were an introduction to the fruit of the Spirit to lay the foundations for our examination of the characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit, which we will not examine one-by-one. What I’m calling “the graces of the fruit of the Spirit” are the characteristics of the Holy Spirit’s fruit found in verses 22-23 – “Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.”

Q. By way of review, what has stood out about what we’ve learned so far.

A. Specific things to review if not mentioned:

It’s called the fruit (singular) of the Spirit.

It’s the fruit of the SPIRIT, not the work of our flesh.

Manifested as we walk in the Sprit and are led by the Spirit, which means to be continually “filled” or controlled by the Spirit.

The first grace we will look at is LOVE. We live in a world that desperately needs love. Even though society glorifies the subject of love in their music, television and movies, there is little evidence of real selfless love in our world today.

Why is that?

1) Well, first of all, I think we’re MISGUIDED.

• Society seems to equate SEX with love.

Yet many engage in sex without the slightest thought of love.

Q. Why is sex not the same as love?

A. [NO RIGHT OR WRONG ANSWERS]

THOUGHTS TO ADD TO DISCUSSION: All too often it’s a means of self-gratification and exploitation, the very opposites of love.

• Others think that INDULGENCE is love.

We have children and we buy them all kinds of things they don’t need—expensive clothes, $200 athletic shoes, expensive toys and games—and we find it hard to say NO to our kids about material things. We believe they will think we don’t love them, when in fact, teaching them to work for things they want is one of the supreme acts of love you can show to your children. Instead, we’re tempted to try to buy their love with gifts.

Illus. – I remember reading a sad story in a Tennessee newspaper that shows the tragic consequences of overindulging your children. The news story told of three young people who were killed when they tried to outrun a train at a railroad crossing in their car, and didn’t make it across in time. The parents of the fifteen-year-old driver were grief-stricken over the loss of the son they loved. In fact, they loved him so much that they had bought him his own Trans-Am before he was legally old enough to drive. They loved him so much that they also let him drive the car illegally while he was still underage and didn’t have a driver’s license—right across the railroad tracks to his death. No, indulgence is not love.


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