What is love? What does it mean that the fruit of the Spirit is love?

Here's the answer:

The love which is a fruit of the Spirit is not a feeling, but a choice. It is the choice to be kind, to sacrifice, to consider another's needs greater than one's own.

Many times we think of love as just a happy feeling we get when we think about someone else. It usually happens when we’re close to someone. We can love the people in our families, our friends, and our pets. But love that comes from the Holy Spirit is much more than that! When we have the Holy Spirit’s love, we can love everyone—even our enemies!

Real love doesn’t always mean having warm, happy feelings about everyone we meet. But it does mean that we choose to treat them kindly, even when they treat us badly. This can be hard, because we naturally want to treat someone the way they treat us. But God wants us to treat people the way we would want to be treated (see Luke 6:31). When we treat them kindly, that’s showing love. Another way to show love for others is to pray for them … and not just for the people we like! The Bible says, “But here is what I tell you. Love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you” (Matthew 5:44).

If you have trouble loving others, ask God for help. He wants to help you become more like Him!

Bible Truth

"I give you a new command. Love one another. You must love one another, just as I have loved you" (John 13:34).

"The three most important things to have are faith, hope and love. But the greatest of them is love" (1 Corinthians 13:13).