Love Week Fruit of the Spirit Challenge

Fruit of the Spirit challenge love week

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience or longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience or longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)


Love Week

Affirmation
Say the following affirmation every morning:

I am loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled.

The tongue has the power of life and death Proverbs 18:21


Actions to Self
Do something that shows you that you love yourself each day. 

As do your self-loving action, meditate on "I love myself and that is why I am doing this for myself".
Love your neighbor as you love yourself Matthew 22:39


Actions to Others
The Bible tell you to Love your neighbor as you love yourself. (Matthew 22:39) 

If you are wondering "Who is my neighbour?" The Bible also gives you a clue for it says, "You shall not see your brother's ox or sheep going astray and hide yourself for you shall bring them back to your brother. If your brother is not near you or if you do not know him, then you shall bring it to your house and keep it there until your brother seeks it and then you will give it back to him.(Deuteronomy 22:1-2) 

These Bible verses use the phrase "brother" which implies a closer relationship than "neighbor". However it also says, "If your brother is not near you or if you do not know him" suggesting that it is not talking about a biological brother but rather someone in need that you do not know. Therefore the phrase "neighbor" can also be taken to mean someone in need and not necessarily the one who lives next to you. 

So do something that shows a person you meet that you love them with God’s love every day this week. 

This can be a loving action like buying a street child a meal.
It can be saying loving words like “You look lovely in that outfit” and meaning it. 
It can be thinking loving thoughts like “Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to bless this person”.

Do your loving actions without expecting anything in return like the good Samaritan.



Examination

Ask yourself the following question every night:
"Was I loving today?"

If you were not, make a mental note to do better tomorrow. If you were, make a mental note to continue displaying the fruits of the spirit.


Love is patient and kind. Love does not envy. Love is not boastful. Love is not rude. Love thinks no evil. Lover rejoices in the truth. Love bears all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7



The Good Samaritan
A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and he was attached by thieves who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him and left him half dead.

A priest passed that way and when he saw the wounded man, he crossed the road and went to other side.  

A Levite also passed by that road and when he looked at him, he also crossed to the other side.

A Samaritan came down that road and when he saw the wounded man, he felt compassion for him. He bound his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them and placed him on his animal. He took him to an inn and took care of him.  

The next morning, before he departed, he took two pence and gave them to the innkeeper and asked him to take care of the wounded man and he would pay him for any extra money he spent when he came back.  (Luke 10:30-35) 


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