Fruit of the Spirit: Love
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. (Eph. 3:19 NLT)
How great is His love! Candice has painted a beautiful expression of God's love on canvas with this piece. Enjoy!
- Elizabeth McLellan
Fruit of the Spirit: Love by Candice van der Westhuizen
Oil on box canvas, 23.6" x 19.6"
As I dreamt with the Lord about this painting and how the elements should display, I was challenged to go deeper and push my own boundaries. His heart (the pomegranate), many fathomless facets of beauty, endless jewels of His beauty, Eternity — Each chamber an invitation to go deeper into Perfect Love, Himself.
Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up. (1 Corinthians 13:4-6 TPT)
But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 AMP)
Being made into Perfect Love, is being made mature in love. Love is a person, His name is Jesus Christ.
- Candice van der Westhuizen
Artist Candice van der Westhuizen - South Africa
"Loving Him with ALL my life, IS my life. All of this is for Him.”
These are the words Candice lives by. She loves creating and sees herself as a partner with the Lord when she paints. She challenges herself to paint spontaneously as she not only loves the process and surprise of every outcome, but says it also keeps her dependent on Him. Her prayer is that she translates the Father’s heart into her paintings. Her heart is that her art has a life changing and profound impact on people, pointing to Jesus and bringing freedom. Ninety five percent of Candice’s work is created and finished spontaneously during worship, heavily relying on the Holy Spirit.