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Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Morning Devo - Fruit of the Spirit: Love

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22, NKJV

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. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.... And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:8-10, and 13, NKJV

This post is the last of this series and the most important. Paul said when that which is perfect is come, only three of the fruit of the spirit would still be around: faith, hope, and love. That which is perfect--only one thing I know of that is perfect: Jesus and His kingdom. So, when Jesus comes again, we won't need to pray any more. There won't be anything to pray for (in tongues or in your native language)--no illness, no sorrows, no sin, no death. No prophesy needed, we will know even as we are known, and nothing to get impatient over.

But now, ever, and always, love is, was, and will be around and needed.

This weekend I was one of the exhibitors at the Valley Home Educators' conference in Modesto, CA. Problems cropped up at home--175 miles away--and my gotta-go-home genes kicked into high gear. I paced back and forth in my eight-foot cube. Prayers flew heavenward with every breath. And--people stopped and prayed, hugged, and loved on me right and left. What a blessing!

By the time I reached home hours later, things were fine. God had worked His wonders. We have an amazing Lord, and He has some amazing people who serve Him and serve each other with buckets of love, the greatest fruit of the Spirit.

Lord, thank You for that gift. Thank You for giving us this basket of precious fruit--love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control--and thank You for giving us the strength to share them whenever needed. Amen.

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