Just a thought on the Spirit's fruitbasket from this coming Sunday's epistle (Gal 5:16-24):
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control."
I wonder if love comes first in the list because it contains all the others?
Where love reigns, there joy will be, there peace will be, there patience will be, etc. Love seems not just the first of a number of items, but the very ground of the other virtues' existence. And that would have implications for pursuing such fruits in our lives: the key is not to try to be more joyful, more peaceful, more patient, more kind, etc. The key is simply to live in the Spirit's love poured into us and changing us as we pour such love out for others, and then all the other fruits just tag along.
What do you think?