A human being lives, but he is given life.
Two essential elements of effective fellowship groups are the fruit and gift of the Spirit manifested in the lives of the participants. There is only one way these can be present and that is if the participants are filled with the Holy Spirit.
Today’s devotional we will consider the role the fruit of the Spirit plays in fellowship. The fruits of the Spirit are listed in Paul’s letters to the Galatians; “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,
self-control. Against such there is no law” (Gal. 5:22, 23).
Let’s look at the first fruit love. The Greek word here is “agape” this is the highest form of love. It is the kind of love with which God loves us, doing what is best for the one loved. Jesus talks about this type of love in (Matt. 5:44) “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.
And Paul describes it in (1 Cor. 13:4-7) “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
These fruits bring the character of Christ in to the group. It is through people that God loves us. So it will be through Spirit-filled Christians that God will reveal His love to all who come to the fellowship, whether they are Christian or non-Christian.
Supporting Scripture; (Eph. 4:11-16)
Personal Reflection and Discussion