“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).

Love is not only the fruit of the Spirit from which all others come, but the Spirit is nothing less than divine love itself come down to dwell in us, and we have only as much of the Spirit as we have love. God is a Spirit; God is Love. In these words, we have the only attempt scripture makes to give us, in human language, what may be called a definition of God. (The third expression, God is light, is a figurative one.)

Everything owes its life to the Spirit of God. This is so because God is love. It is through the Spirit that the love of God is revealed and communicated to us. It was the Spirit that led Jesus to do the work of love for which He was anointed to preach good news to the poor and deliverance to the captives. Through that same Spirit, He offered Himself as a sacrifice for us. The Spirit comes laden with all the love of God. Complaints or confessions of tempers unconquered; selfishness; harsh judgment; unkind words; or a lack of meekness, patience, and gentleness is simply proof that we do not yet understand that to be a Christian is to have Christ, which is the Spirit of Love. Generally, we are more carnal than spiritual.

In faith that the Spirit of Love is within us, let us look to the Father in earnest prayer and plead for His mighty working in our inmost being, that Christ may dwell in our hearts, that we may be rooted and grounded in love, that our whole life may have its nourishment and strength in love.

Adapted from Power in Prayer