Love – Fruit of the Spirit Bible Verse

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If I had to rank all of the above fruit of the Spirit in their order of possible importance, the quality of love would have to be #1. And this is why it may have been listed as the first fruit in the above Scripture verse.

Due to the extreme importance of just this one quality, I am going to do another article on this quality and title it “The Power of Love.”

This article will also be listed in the Sanctification Section of our site.

There are some very powerful and profound verses from the Bible on just this one quality alone, and it needs to have its own article to do it proper justice.

Here are some of the different definitions on what love is from the different Bible Dictionaries and Commentaries:

  • Unselfish, benevolent concern for another; brotherly concern; the object of brotherly concern or affection
  • The self-denying, self-sacrificing, Christ-like love which is the foundation of all other graces
  • Unselfish, loyal and benevolent concern for the well being of another
  • The high esteem which God has for His human children and the high regard which they, in turn, should have for Him and other people
  • To love, to have affection for someone; to like; to be a friend; the love of brothers for each other

One of the main messages that comes through loud and clear from studying our Bible is the extreme importance that God the Father is placing on that everyone learn how to love Him, love ourselves, love one another, and to even go as far as to be able to love our enemies and those who will try and hurt us.

However, our abilities as fallen humans to love one another is very limited.

This is why it is so important for each and every Christian to work very closely with the Holy Spirit to get this fruit worked up into the core of our personalities.

It is only when the love of the Holy Spirit starts to flow and enter into our personalities can we even begin to love God, love ourselves, and love one another to the degree and to the intensity that God would really like to see from each one of us.

To those of you who will be entering into this sanctification process with the Lord – this quality should be listed as the #1 quality you should really attempt to put on into the core of your soul and personality.

The Holy Spirit will be moving on you very early and very quickly to get this quality imparted into your mind, soul, and emotions due to the extreme importance of it in your walk with the Lord.

You can be the greatest man of God and have some of the greatest gifts of God flowing through you – but if you are not walking with all of this in the spirit of love and humility, it will have all been for naught.

Here is a listing of all the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit and the link to each article on the particular fruit.

Table of Contents:
An Introduction to The 9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit
1. Love – 2. Joy – 3. Peace – 4. Longsuffering – 5. Kindness
6. Goodness – 7. Faithfulness – 8. Gentleness – 9. Self Control


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  1. When I first receive the lord in my life, I wanted all that God has for me, I pray, and ask, God, as I grow close to God, I began to see a change in me, I was loving people, who I use to did not like, I forgave people, who hurt, me, Love on people who I was hurt I enjoy ministry to people, I knew it had to be the love of God operating in me, when you change, that’s how you know the gift of Love is upon you,!

  2. Expressing LOVE physically is genuine LOVE, emotional love is not fulfilling enough. If we are truly willing to please LOVE HIMSELVE show love by our actions

    thank you for defining the gifts of the HOLY SPIRIT, really helped me understand


  3. The number 9 has appear in my dream I wanted to know what the lord was trying to say to me so as I began to research and realized that is was the 9 fruit of the Spirit he wanted to study . it is so amazing the way how God speak to us . Thank You Lord for exposing this to me so I can develop a more intermate relationship with you .

  4. As I learn to reverence the Holy Spirit completely, I find myself loving myself and others more. It’s amazing how the power of the Holy Spirit will cause us to move and be what we never thought possible.

  5. I thank GOD in JESUS NAME for HIS wonderful gift of the HOLY SPIRIT to us for us to have the divine love of GOD to love as GOD wants us to love. GOD’s kind of love is everlasting life. JESUS taught and practiced this love. May we practice divine love to the glory of GOD in JESUS NAME.

  6. I agree that love is the most important of the fruits of the spirit. If you don’t have love then you won’t be able to receive anything else. GOD so love the world that he gave his only son so that we could have a right to the tree of life. we need to make it personal and say he did it just for me. Because of the love he shows us daily we must show love to others so that they can see christ in us .

  7. Your article here has really blessed me!

  8. Love is essential in all of our lives! This is why we must model and teach love to our children at an early age. Many of our spouses need to see love lived out as well. All true Christians MUST remember we are “light” in a dark world….Let’s keep shining and leading the loss to Christ by our “love” for God, ourselves, and others to the Glory of God.

  9. *The first level is to love Lord God with all your heart,soul and mind-Mathew 22:37.
    *Second level is to love your neighbour as yourself; it all starts within you not being self centered but the power of self love drives you tove your neighbours more.-Mathew 22:39.
    *this is powerful that you love now your enemy.
    *Now I see LOVE as a center place to all the other eight fruits.Continue in God’s love forever Amen

  10. I am so grateful to find you site and to study and understand the definitions of the Fruits of the Spirit in a much greater depth. I feel I was led to this site.

    What I am learning–in Love for me–God wants to enable me to do and be what I cannot do and be all on my own.

    How this works via Holy Spirit rising up from within when we cooperate in our Sanctification.

    3. What the Fruits look like…in great detail.

    Thank you…it beautiful.

  11. I totally concurred with you that love is the major and first to be considered among the nine fruits of the holySpirit.
    It is through the same LOVE God have on humans that He sent Jesus to come and die so that we human will be reconciled with him to remain in Love through Jesus Christ.
    It is also through that LOVE that Jesus even accepted to come and die for our sins.
    Love plays unmeasurable role in Christian life.
    1Corinthians chapter 13 explained major qualities of Love.
    But in our world today humans has mistaken Love to lust due to the fruit of flesh stated in the book of galatians 5:19-21.

    I think if the whole world lives in love there will be peace and unity.

  12. God is Love therefore since we have received Love. We must allow this Fruit to grow deep within so that His character can come out of us.. Mark Recny

  13. I have to agree with the teaching that (what ever in what ever we doing) it must be to glorify God our Father (serving his people and not only our favourite) in meekness and Love.
    My greatest test was when I had to pray for the person who called me Her enemy. I was reminded on the cross Jesus had to cry to father in Heaven FORGIVE them for they do no not what they are doing. He was not blind to not see their wrong, but He understood that it was not about him and how he feels; but so they who are in slave of fear be freed and see and receive the Love God have for them.

    I am getting emotional typing these, I have to agree there is always a perfect will for His acts.

    and I believe this is the heart we all must have for we have to be holly as our Father in heaven is. thank you for sharing the truth with us God Bless

  14. Hi,

    I do agree 100% that love must come first of all other fruits of the HOLY SPIRIT for Love is the main action of the great and main command, Matthew 22:37-38:

    “37. And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38. This is the great and first commandment. 39. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

    Love puts GOD first and all the rest of the fruits follows. When any one or more of the nine fruits mentioned flow through one’s live it is also been given to GOD Himself: Matthew 25:40

    “40. The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ ”

    Thanks and JESUS’ blessings for you!

    Hermann Boshoff

  15. Truly grateful for your committed work.And it is at this point of my study that I have found your work to be a veary compassionate blessings to me as I’m sure to many other. Thanks

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