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The first of the manifestations of the Spirit is love, the key to all the others. Along with temperance (self-control), love is bookend that helps hold the other fruit in place. Its divine characteristics are detailed in I Corinthians 13. It is a love that surpasses human understanding and causes a person to be filled with the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:18-19). This supernatural love is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5).

The spiritual fruit of love is not just a feeling or an emotion, but rather it is a decision. This fruit of the Spirit causes us to make a decision to love even when we don't feel like it. Paul writes in Philippians 1:9 : "And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more." The word abound means "to grow." God wants our love to grow so big that it will chase people down and overtake them. When we walk in the love of God, everything else will fall into place.

Song of Solomon 8:7 "Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it."

John 13:34-35 "A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."

"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."

John 15:13 "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

John 16:27 "For the Father himself loveth you because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God."

I Peter 4:8 "And above all have fervent love among yourselves; for love shall cover the multitude of sins."

I John 3:11 "For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another."

I John 4:7-8 "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God."

"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love."

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