In Gal. 5:22-23 Paul writes, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Here we find wonderful spiritual qualities that should be a part of every Christian’s life. We bear the “fruit of the Spirit” when our lives are controlled and directed by the Word of God.
The love indicated here is not just emotion; it is a love that comes from the “will” of man. It seeks what is best for the object that is loved. If we love our fellow Christians as we should, we will always seek what is best for them. The same is true of our enemies. The best and greatest example of this type of love was the death of Christ on the cross (Rom. 5:8-9). The best description of this type of love is found in 1 Cor. 13:4-8.
“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. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.”
The way we can be sure we have this love is to imitate the life of Christ (1 Jn. 2:6; 1 Pet. 2:21)