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The Fruit of the Spirit 2


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This is the second of a series of presentations about the development of Christian character, based on a study of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. The presentation was prepared by Dr Kevin Smith, Vice-Principal of the South African Theological Seminary.

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The Fruit of the Spirit 2

  1. 1. Love Explained The Fruit of the Spirit 2 By Kevin G. Smith
  2. 2. Lesson Outline1. Love defined2. Love described3. Love demonstratedLove Explained
  3. 3. Point 1 LOVE DEFINEDLove Explained
  4. 4. Love DefinedBut what is love?The word is in such common use todescribe such a diverse range of actionsand emotions that it is essential to defineexactly what love is.Love Explained
  5. 5. Love DefinedGreek had three common words for love: eros, philia,and agapē. These words were used somewhatinterchangeably, but in some contexts they havedifferent emphases. Eros often referred to physicallove; philia was the common word for love, and has arange of meaning similar to the English “love”; agapē isthe word the New Testament prefers when speakingabout the love of God (though it can be used for lesserforms of love too).Love Explained
  6. 6. Love DefinedThree Kinds of Love • Eros is physical love that results from sexual 1. Eros desire and is appropriate only between a husband and wife. • Eros is based on need— what the other person can do for me.Love Explained
  7. 7. Love DefinedThree Kinds of Love • Philia is human love, the natural fondness 1. Eros and kindness between 2. Philia friends is the dominant characteristic of philia. • Philia is based on mutuality—what we can do for each other.Love Explained
  8. 8. Love DefinedThree Kinds of Love • Agapē is divine love, that which is based on 1. Eros the nature of God himself. 2. Philia • Agapē is more than a 3. Agapē wave of emotion, it is a decision of the will to always act in another person’s best interest.Love Explained
  9. 9. Love DefinedEros Philia AgapeSexual love Natural love Divine loveBetween loves Between friends From God to manBased on needs Based on likes Based on valuesWhat can you do for What can we do for What can I do forme? each other? you?I love me and use I love you; you love I love you and serveyou. me. you.Love Explained
  10. 10. Love DefinedAgapē, or divine love, is the spirit which says, ‘Nomatter what any man does to me, I will never seekto harm him; I will never seek revenge; I will alwaysseek nothing but his highest good.’ Agapē isunconquerable benevolence, invincible good will. Itis a principle by which we deliberately live. In otherwords, it is a deliberate principle of the mind and adeliberate conquest of the will. It is not simply awave of emotion (Rozell 1988:38).Love Explained
  11. 11. Point 2 LOVE DESCRIBEDLove Explained
  12. 12. Love DescribedMatthew 22:37-40Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with allyour heart and with all your soul and with allyour mind.” This is the first and greatestcommandment. And the second is like it: “Loveyour neighbour as yourself.” All the Law and theProphets hang on these two commandments.Love Explained
  13. 13. Love Described• Matthew 22:37-40 • Jesus commands us to implies that there are express love upward three dimensions or (for God) and outward directions in which we (for others). He must express love: for assumes that we God, for others, and for automatically express self. love inward (for ourselves).Love Explained
  14. 14. Love Described1. Upward: Love for God2. Outward: Love for others3. Inward: Love for selfLove Explained
  15. 15. Love DescribedLove Explained
  16. 16. Point 3 LOVE DEMONSTRATEDLove Explained
  17. 17. Love DemonstratedThe basis of our love John 3:16We are able to love For God so loved thebecause we experience world that he gave his onethe love of God. We are and only Son, thatable to love to the extent whoever believes in himthat we know the love of shall not perish but haveGod. eternal life.Love Explained
  18. 18. Love DemonstratedThe basis of our love Romans 5:8We are able to love But God demonstrates hisbecause we experience own love for us in this:the love of God. We are While we were stillable to love to the extent sinners, Christ died for us.that we know the love ofGod.Love Explained
  19. 19. Love DemonstratedThe basis of our love 1 John 3:1We are able to love How great is the love thebecause we experience Father has lavished on us,the love of God. We are that we should be calledable to love to the extent children of God!that we know the love ofGod.Love Explained
  20. 20. Love Demonstrated• The love of God empowers us to demonstrate love towards God, others, and ourselves.• In the next few slides we shall explore how God expects us to demonstrate love.Love Explained
  21. 21. Love DemonstratedHow are we to show love? John 14:15, 23-24 ‘If you love me, you will obey what 1. Love for God I command …’ Jesus replied, ‘If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’Love Explained
  22. 22. Love DemonstratedHow are we to show love? Galatians 5:22-23 1. Love for God • patience • kindness 2. Love for others • goodness • Faithfulness We shall focus on these in detail in a later lesson.Love Explained
  23. 23. Love DemonstratedHow are we to show love? Biblical self-love • Do what God says is best for 1. Love for God you. 2. Love for others • Submit to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. 3. Love for self • Nurture your relationship with the Lord. • Say no to harmful lusts and sins that appeal to your flesh.Love Explained
  24. 24. Love DemonstratedSelfishness StewardshipHaughty HumbleFelt needs Real needsObey passions Apply principlesSelf-satisfaction Self-disciplineRuled by greed Ruled by GodLove Explained
  25. 25. CONCLUSIONLove Explained
  26. 26. Conclusion1. Defined: There are various kinds of love. Divine love is based on values and seeks to serve others selflessly, always doing what is best for them.2. Described: We are called to show divine love in three dimensions or directions, namely, towards God, others, and ourselves.3. Demonstrated: We love God by obeying his commands, and we love ourselves by being good stewards of the life and responsibilities God has given us.Love Explained