Inside/Outside #26

The fruit of the Spirit is obvious: love…joy….peace

On this 26th day of September, we are well on our way toward the culmination of celebratory journey. We are at sea heading toward Costa Rico.

Today we examine the beginning of those 9 fruits of the Spirit marked out for us in Galatians 5:22, 23.

Concerning love you have often been told that thinking Biblically and spiritually, love is of 3 kinds. They are ‘Eros’, ‘phileo’ and ‘agape’.

Eros is not the kind of love spoken of as being a fruit of the Spirit. It rather is the product of the ‘flesh’ at work and is sourced from sensual and sexual desires which are erotically aroused from the music, musical lyrics and gyrations along with the dress or lack thereof.

Phileo love is the kind like after which the city of ‘brotherly love’ Philadelphia is named.

Agape love is the kind of which God is even as 1 John 4:8 states: “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” That is the kind of which Galatians speaks and the Spirit produces. I suppose that more books have been written on the subject and more songs have been sung on the subject than perhaps on any other in the realm of personal introspection and inspiration. We sing the songs but is there a bit not true in what we are singing back to God?

By definition, joy represents a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Concerning this you would have to review the previously described negative character traits to be reminded of what little cause we had to know and experience joy. The very basis of real and great pleasure and happiness is sourced solely in knowing by experience the giver of joy present and eternal. John 15:11 “11These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

By definition, peace is enjoying a freedom from disturbance, a state of life in which there is no war providing a mental and emotional calm. Although it is not my assignment or purpose to do so, a large amount of material could be addressed developing a deeper understanding of that peace of which Jesus spoke and taught. John 14:27 “27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”