Fruits of the Spirit – week 2

1 Corinthians 13:13
And now abide in these three, faith, hope, love; but the greatest of these is love.

Thought for the week
This is a well known passage, often used at weddings. The love Paul is talking about isn’t ‘eros’ the romantic love of two people, but agape, a pure, wilful, sacrificial love that intentionally desires another’s highest good.

The church in Corinth had be arguing over who’s gift was the most important. Paul tells them that as part of one body, not one gift is more important than another. What is important is that we use our gifts in love, respecting and valuing each and every contribution, working together to build God’s kingdom.

1 Peter 1:7-8
That is the trial of your faith, which is much more precious than gold, that perishes, (though it be tried with fire,) may be found unto praise, and honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ; Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though, you see him not yet believing, you now rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Thought for the week
In today’s world stress and anxiety steal our joy. But we do not have to let them. We have a choice, we can grumble our way through problems, or we can thank God with a joyful heart confident of his love for us. Either way, we still have to go through the troubles. Which do you choose?

From the St. Fillan’s Worship Group