The first fruit mentioned in Galatians 5 is love. As a Christian I have to love not only my family and friends, but strangers too. It doesn’t stop there. I must love even my enemies. It really doesn't matter if I travel the world as a missionary and teach myself a dozen languages; if I can’t love others like Christ does, then I’m just making noise. I might as well be singing “What Does the Fox Say?”
I can be a student of sound doctrine and spend my life becoming an excellent theologian, able to defend the faith against the most aggressive atheists. Or I might be deeply entrenched in the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. I might be able to move in the power of all the gifts and attend every Holy Ghost Prophetic Conference. I might even have enough faith to pull people right out of their wheelchairs. Still, if I can’t love, I’m a big zero.
I could give away all my cash, my car, my house, or even die for the Lord as a martyr… OK, you get the point. Those would all be wonderfully good deeds, but if I never learned to love, it’s all in vain. I’d say Paul was pretty clear about where God places love on his list of priorities. You might have crazy faith. You might have hope on steroids. But 1 Corinthians 13 says being a loving person is better than any of those. How do best show your kids that you love them?