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LOVE IN THE SPIRIT

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on January 6, 2006

Love in the Spirit is surely the gratitude to God and the goodwill toward men that are generated by :
knowing the love of the Father, who gave the Son, and
knowing the love of the Son, who gave himself for our salvation.

Modeling itself on this divine love, love in the Spirit takes form as a habit of self-giving service in which some element of one’s life is constantly being laid down and let go for someone else’s sake (see John 15:12, 13)

Paul draws its profile in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. It has at its heart an outgoing altruism, a desire to see others made great, good, holy, and happy—a passion that this fallen world finds incomprehensible and which in itself is altogether supernatural.

Agape, the regular New Testament word for it, was not used in this sense before Christianity appeared, and no wonder: The thing itself only became known through Christ. Now agape is the identifying mark of those who, among the many who claim to know God, really and genuinely do (1 John 3:14-16; 4:7-11). It is no natural gift or development, but the supernatural fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22), the issue of a heart that through the Spirit sees and knows the love of God.

By J I Packer

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