The Fruit of Love

Galatians 5:22-23 says “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.”

In Galatians, love is the first fruit of the Spirit listed. Perhaps that’s because love is what enables us to develop the other fruits of the Spirit in our lives, paving the way for what God wants to do in our hearts.

-Jessica Fick

There are many ways to love people and there are many people in our lives that need love .

Here are 3 specific types of people that we should love.

1. Love Those in Need

An example of this is the story of The Good Samaritan in Luke 10:26-37. In this passage Jesus talks about loving your neighbour as yourself and gives the example of a Jewish man that was traveling on a road and some robbers came and beat him and took all of his possession and just left him there to die. A priest was walking on the road, he saw the man and just walked on the other side of the road. Another man saw the man but also walked on the other side of the road. Then a Samaritan man came along (Jews and Samartians didn’t get along) and cared for his wounds, and paid for him to stay at an innkeeper and get better, whatever the cost was. We should be encouraged to love those around us whether we get along with them or not. We should first see a need to love others and then act on that need of loving others. We should been in the act of love that puts others first.

2. Love the “Undeserving”

I put undeserving in quotations beccause no one is truly undeserving of love. We just think they dont deserve to be loved. An example I have is the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. In this passage Jesus was coming through a town and a man named Zacchaeus who was a tax collector wanted to see Jesus but the crowd was to big so he climbed a tree to be able to see Jesus. When Jesus passed by he saw Zacchaeus in the tree and told him that he was coming to his house. But when people heard Jesus say that they complained and said that Zacchaeus was a sinner and as a tax collector took more than he was supposed to. Zacchaeus repented to Jesus. Zacchaeus knew he was a sinful tax collector but he wanted to see Jesus. Zacchaeus can be labeled as “undeserving” of love because he was unkind, and unpleasant and a thief. Even though these people thought Zacchaeus was undeserving of love, Jesus reached out to Zacchaeus and loved him when everyone felt that Jesus shouldn’t love him and in the end Zacchaeus’s heart was changed. This example shows that even if someone has wronged us it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t love them.

The second example I have is The Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32. In this passage a man had two sons. The younger son wanted to move away from home, so he asked his father for his inheritance. While he was away he spent his money foolishly and had no money left. He got hired by a farmer to feed the pigs and since he had no money to eat he was eating what he fed the pigs. One day he realized that his father’s servants ate better than him so he would go back to his father and ask to be a servant. While he was still a far ways off his father saw him coming home and ran to him. His father threw him a party, for his lost son had been found. The other son of the father was working in the field when the son came home and heard music and dancing. He found out that his brother was home and killed the fatest calf to celebrate. He was very angry at his father because he had never gone against his father like his brother had. This son can be labeled as “undeserving” of love because his brother didn’t think that his father should treat the other brother the way he was treating him (with love) when he left and wasted his money away. This is another good example of when someone wronged us that we should forgive them and welcome them back into our lives even if some people think we shouldn’t.

3. Love the Lost

An example of loving the Lost is in Luke 15:1-7. In this passage Jesus talks about if you have 100 sheep and you loose 1 but still have the other 99 you will leave the 99 and go and find the 1 lost sheep and then rejoice with others when it is found. The bible compares us to sheep. We all have gone astray. It is important to love those who are astray. Whether they have fallen or whether they have never known Jesus, it is important to love them. We can even consider The Prodigal Son to be someone who was lost, but the father was out there loving his son waiting for him to come home, even when the brother didn’t feel that was right. The father did what was right by loving his son who was astray.

Romans 8:38-39 says “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, one depth, nor any other created thing , will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Quotes from March

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen:

Being grateful for what we have makes what we have enough.

-Unknown

It’s not about winning, but what it’s about is not giving up. If you have a dream fight for it.

-Lady Gaga

Never put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket.

-Unknown

Be afraid! And then do it anyway!

-Unknown

Not seeing results? Feel like giving up? Consider this: the LAST thing to grow on a fruit tree…..is the fruit.

-Jay Shetty

If you’ve already casted those cares at the Lord’s feet, don’t pick them back up before he does.

-Jackie Hill Perry

Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load woth today’s strength-carrying two days at once. It’s moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.

-Carrie ten Boom

My Trip to Leduc and Edmonton in January 2019

From January 1st, 2019 to January January 6, 2019 with my mom. We stayed with our friends Lori and Ray who live in Leduc. When driving the morning of Jan 1st we were able to see the sunrise. It was gorgeous!! The day we got to Leduc we also went to Castrol Raceway and saw the “Magic of Lights”. On January 3 Emma came from Sylvan Lake and we made chocolate chip cookies. On January 4 Emma, my mom and I went to a telephone museum in Edmonton. It was so neat to see everything that was there! On January 5, my mom Lori and I went to Christmas Glow in Edmonton, which was the largest Christmas light display in Canada! On January 6, my mom and I drove back home. I had a great time seeing Emma, Lori and Ray and I hope to see them again soon!

Quotes from February

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen:

Success waits patiently for anyone who has the determination and strength to seize it.

-Booker T. Washington

If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t you will see obstacles.

-Wayne Dyer

Choices and consequences come in a package deal. When we make a choice, we ignite the consequence that can come along with it.

-Lysa Terkeust

Live in such a way that if someone should speak badly of you, no one would believe it.

-Zig Ziglar

Sometimes the greatest adventure is simply a conversation.

-Amadeus Wolfe

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

-Will Roger’s

Twenty Eighteen

There were so many things that happened in 2018. Here are some of my highlights.

In February I went to Leduc and Edmonton. A highlight of that trip was meeting Emma and going to the ice castles.

In May I went to Las Vegas. It was a blast. I would love to go back one day.

In June, I saw the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra. They are from Paraguay and there imstruments are made out of garbage. We got to see them perform and then watch a documentary about the instruments and how they are made. One violin, the front was made out of a paint can, the back was made out of a pizza tin, and the strings we being held with a fork.

In July I went to The Canadian Gospel Music Celebration in Red Deer. I also went to Sylvan Lake for the day to hang out with Emma. One of the highlights in Red Deer was I met the Season 1 Winner of Amazing Race Canada. Tim Hague Sr.

In Spetember I went to Minot to see The Collingsworth Family. We also went to The Dakota Territory Air Museum.

Another highlight of September was walking the 5km marathon for the “Run for the Cure” for Breast Cancer with my mom, Lori and Emma.

2018 was a great year. I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store!

Quotes from January

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen:

Sometimes in my life, I admit, I have not wanted the pain that comes along with spiritual growth… but I was so blind because you see, along with misery comes miracles, along with burdens come blessings, along with our pain, God sends his amazing power to sustain and enable us to grow and have more insight into who He really is and what He is able to do in our lives as we surrender to him fully!

-Julia Keep

Jesus was rejected by men, but chosen by God. The rejection of man is meaningless if God’s favor is upon you.

-Bob Sorge

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

-Abraham Lincoln

Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.

-Charles Spurgeon

If you dislike someone, dislike them alone. Don’t recruit others to join your cause.

-Toby Mckeehan

Quotes From December

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen.

Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus.

-Neal A. Maxwell

The enemy is only attacking you because you’re valuable to God. Thieves don’t break into empty houses.

-Unknown

The heaviest thing to carry is a grudge. Choose forgiveness.

-Unknown

The magic of Christmas is not in the presents, but in His presence.

-Unknown

Sometimes you can have the smallest role in the smallest production and still have a big impact.

-Neil Patrick Harris