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SPIRITUAL FRUIT AND THE CHARACTER OF CHRIST - Love - Dr. Jim Bradford, September 3, 2023

SPIRITUAL FRUIT AND THE CHARACTER OF CHRIST - Love - Dr. Jim Bradford, September 3, 2023

SPIRITUAL FRUIT AND THE CHARACTER OF CHRIST - Character - Dr. Jim Bradford, September 3, 2023

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Central Assembly

1301 N Boonville Ave, Springfield, MO 65802, USA

Sunday 10:30 AM

Galatians 5:25
25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:14
14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
LOVE: the Kingdom of God word . . .

* Eros

* Storge

* Philia

* Agape
‘Agape’ does not require value--it imparts value.
Galatians 5:22
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love [agape] . . .
1 John 3:16
16 This is how we know what love [agape] is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
1 John 4:10-11
10 This is love [agape]: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Divinely-loved ones, since in that manner and to that extent did God love us, also, as for us, we are under moral obligation to be constantly loving one another.
- Translation (1 John 4:11), Kenneth S. Wuest
1. No one can do our growing for us, but we do grow better together.

2. God’s love through us notices and values those around us.

3. Christ-like leaders care more about their people than their positions.

4. Even though we may disagree, we keep trying to find common ground.

5. We always elevate service to others over personal entitlement.
LOVE: the Holy Spirit’s work . . .

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love…
Romans 5:5
5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Ephesians 3:17b-19
17 …And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

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