Today, let us continue the theme of ‘walking’. Yesterday we spoke about walking worthy, today let us focus on walking in love.
Paul instructs us to walk in love – he does not mention a category or particular group of people who we should especially, or only, aim to do so with! He does not say, “Walk in love with other Christians” or “People you like”, because that is not our calling. Our calling is much higher and is to walk in love with everyone – even those who would consider themselves our enemies. You see, love is a powerful thing and is our highest calling; love is what defines us and identifies us as His! Listen to how bluntly John put it in his first letter:
1 John 4:7-8, NKJV
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
There are some powerful bullet points concerning love in that short passage of scripture, especially when it says, “Everyone who loves is born of God”! So the evidence of our new birth in Him is not how well we preach or sing but how we love! We are to love others in the same way that He loved us. But what does this kind of love look like? That’s an easy question to answer, if we are making the word of God our guide to love!
1 Corinthians 13:4-8, NKJV
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
So today, purpose to walk in love and remember: as with many things, you do not know how truly strong something is until a demand is put upon it. So it is with love! When you have a demand placed on it you will find that His love is unbreakable.