Day 3: Top Tip
In preparation for sitting down to dig deeper into God’s Word, why not put on a worship song to settle your heart and mind to focus on God? My favourites at the minute include:
- ‘Faithful God’ by Laura Story
- ‘My Lighthouse’ by Rend Collective
- ‘Speak, O Lord’ by Keith and Kristyn Getty
- ‘Dance Again’ by LIFE Worship
We’d love to hear what your favourite tracks are for focusing your heart on worship, so please share!
The first fruit that is mentioned in Galatians is Love. I don’t think this is a coincidence, since all the other fruits really spring from an attitude of love. We’ll spend more time on this fruit than the others (3 days) – the Bible is completely brimming over with gems to be uncovered about love.
Joyce Meyer describes love and self-control as being like the book ends for the other fruits of the spirit. If these two are in place the others are sitting securely, but remove love or self-control and the others may become shaky.
Read: 1 John 4 v 7-8
- Where does love come from?
- What does it tell us about our spiritual lives if we don’t have love?
These verses are challenging, but it is put across even more strongly later in the chapter.
Read: 1 John 4 v 20-21
- Write down anything (or anyone) you feel God is challenging you about in these verses. Remember to pray about this!
So what exactly does Love look like?
One of the most famous passages in the Bible sets this out clearly. You may find it takes you longer than one session to go through this; that’s ok, take your time! It’s really important to spend time digging into this, asking God to examine our ‘love walk’ as we do.
Read: 1 Corinthians 13 v 4 – 8
Make a “Love is….” list in your journal from the passage. Try to put each one into your own words if you can. This is where using different translations in your Bible app may help you understand each one better. I like the Amplified Bible as it explains some words in brackets (although perhaps not the best version if you want to memorise verses).
Now we need to think about how we can apply this list to our lives.
Our lives are split into different categories, for example
- School life
- Family life
Maybe some of you also play on sports teams and that’s another category.
Take a different coloured highlighter or pen for each category. Make a key to show what you are using. Now colour-code your “Love is…” list to show which areas of Love are most applicable to the different areas of your life.
For example, you’d maybe never feel envious of anyone in your family, but that may be a struggle within your friendships; while you wouldn’t maybe insist on having your own way at school with a teacher, it may be a problem at home with your family.
After reading that list and examining our own Love Walk we can feel like failures; but remember those seeds of love are planted in us. They will grow (just maybe not overnight!). Our first verse today reminds us that love comes from God. Let’s ask Him for it today.
Following on from yesterday’s challenge to remain in Christ in John 15 v 16-17:
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.”
Would God really command us to do something without supplying us with the tools and strength to do it?