Summary: This lesson discusses three aspects of love: its meaning, scope, and expression.
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The Fruit Of Love
1. The triad of spiritual graces we are now considering (Love, joy, and peace) are the foundation of good social conduct. The first of these graces is love, of which the Bible has much to say; which we cannot possibly cover in one lesson; therefore we will confine ourselves to a study of just two Greek words that are inadequately translated into English as ‘love’.
2. This lesson will focus on two Greek words: agape  and phileo . The meanings of which will be clarified as we proceed through the lesson.
I. WHAT LOVE IS
A. The greatest commandment is…
2. To love thy neighbour (Leviticus. 19:18; Mt. 19:19; 23:39).
"Love does no harm to a neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilment of the law" (Romans. 13:10).
3. "On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets" (Matthew. 22:40).
B. A badge of identification
1. Those who love are known by God (1Corinthians 8:3).
"So many Christians have taken to adorning themselves with crucifixes, charms, motifs, and other such icons; intended to identify them as those belonging to Christ, as if being identified was the main goal. Jesus shows that the true mark of a disciple is in the ‘doing’ of love; a principle found throughout the scriptures: `Do not let your beauty be that be that outward adorning...but let it be the hidden person of the heart.’ Adorning one’s self with icons, far from identifying one with Christ, indicates a lack of understanding and immaturity" (D. Collins, Quotes & Things).
C. The underpinning of faith
2. Only faith that expresses itself through love will avail , i.e., "be effective, capable of producing results" (Vine).
II. THE SCOPE AND EXPRESSION OF LOVE
1. What motivates us to love God?
2. How do we express our love for God?
3. Are there different degrees of love?
4. How can we develop a deeper level of love for God?
b) leading to a greater appreciation of Jesus.