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Day 8 of the Fast of Daniel

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control. Galatians 5.22

It may seem like there is a mistake in this text. Paul states nine virtues, but one fruit. In the singular form, fruit means the heart. Not the Adamic heart, of stone and rebellious, but a new heart of flesh, transplanted by the Holy Spirit.

This verse could be read as follows: But the heart of the Spirit is love, joy… I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36.26

Those born of the Spirit must have a new heart and a new spirit. A new spirit means a new mind, a godly mind. I Corinthians 2.16

Therefore, a new heart unites nine virtues that identify the character of God.

As a virtue of a new heart, the kind of love in question has nothing to do with the possessive, selfish, and fleshly sentiment so loved, idolized, and cultivated in this world. Quite the opposite!

Love, as well as the other virtues of the new heart, is like the Eternal. He loved the world in such a way that He gave His Only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3.16. This kind of love goes against the cherished love of this world. Without the transformation achieved through a new birth, it is impossible to understand this.

The love of God was and has been sacrificial. It has nothing to do with emotions. Those who love with the heart of the Spirit of God, sacrifice for their beloved and vice versa. Like faith, love requires sacrifices. Those who love do not want to get married to be happy, they want to make their beloved happy. Those who love the Lord Jesus Christ want to please Him with their sacrifices.

Bishop Macedo
Bishop Macedo

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