The Fruit of the Spirit
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Galatians 5.22
It may seem like there is a mistake in the text. Paul lists nine virtues, but mentions only one fruit. In the singular form, fruit represents the heart. Not the Adamic, stone and rebellious heart, but a new heart of flesh, transplanted by the Holy Spirit.
This verse could be read as follows: But the heart of the Spirit is love, joy… I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36.26
Mandatorily, those born of the Spirit have a new heart and a new spirit. A new spirit means a new mind, the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2.16
For this reason, the new heart gathers nine virtues that identify the character of God.
As a virtue of a new heart, the kind of love in question has nothing to do with the possessive, selfish, human feeling that is so beloved, idolized, and cultivated in this world. Quite the opposite!
Love, like the other virtues of the new heart, is like the Eternal. He so loved the world that He gave His only Son so whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3.16 This kind of love clashes with the beloved love of this world. Without the transformation brought upon by the new birth, it is impossible to understand this.
God’s love was and has been sacrificial. It has nothing to do with feelings.
Those who love with the heart of the Spirit of God sacrifice for their beloved and vice versa. Like faith, love requires sacrifice.
Those who love do not get married to be happy. Instead, they want to make their loved ones happy.
Those who love the Lord Jesus Christ want to please Him with their sacrificial conduct.
Bishop Edir Macedo