“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,” Galatians 5:22
To paraphrase from Haddaway, What is Love? Is it just an emotional response to external stimuli? Or is it, as John Mayer wrote, a verb? An action that we take either in response to or as part of something we experience?
We shouldn’t ignore the fact that God has made us emotional creatures, with love being the most powerful response we can exhibit. But to love without action, takes away from the power of that emotion. And that is what God is expecting from us, an exhibition of actions that personify our love for Him, for the Church, for one another.
The best example we have of this is in our savior Jesus Christ, as described in the book of John:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
So not only did God profess His love for us, bu