Thursday, July 27, 2006
We need to understand that Love, as a fruit of the Spirit, has its own fruits.
Some of the fruits of Love are named or implied in the 13th Chapter of 1 Corinthians, the so-called "Love" chapter.
And one of these fruits of Love is "...does not take into account a wrong suffered." In other words, Forgiveness.
We must not fool ourselves by saying, "I am loving," when we aren't also forgiving. If we hold something against someone, we are merely manifesting the deeds of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-21). Unforgiveness and lack of Love go hand in hand.
How quickly should we forgive? The simple answer is, "Immediately as the offense occurs." But, of course, it's not that simple, is it? Why not?
Well, because forgiveness, like Love, is a fruit of the Spirit, and if we're not walking by the Spirit, to that degree we won't be loving, and we won't be forgiving.
So, as always, we need to be being filled with the Spirit, to commune closely with Jesus Christ, to live in surrender to Him and His will, to bask in His grace and love, reckoning ourselves dead to sin, and allowing Him to live His Life through us.
Then we will be loving, and forgiving. But we won't be one without the other, and we won't be either without Jesus.
Side Note: Acting loving or forgiving isn't enough, is it? That's not the fruit of the Spirit.
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