Walk in Love
You may be the only “Jesus” that some people may ever see. Always walk in love.
I recently made a trip to the States this summer, as I am based in the U.K. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how friendly the general public were at the airport, restaurants and in shops. They certainly know how to make a girl feel welcome. Despite whether they followed Christian principles or not they showed love. My host family was beyond amazing, more than I could have asked for. This was an experience of love in action, wanting for nothing in return.
As a follower of Christ and a child of God, we are expected to follow two commandments found in Matthew 22:37-40:
1. Love your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with your entire mind
2. Love your neighbour as yourself
How can we love God if we do not understand what love is or how to love.
In the new covenant, I’d say we have it pretty easy in relation to those under the old covenant laws. If we can master these two requirements then we pretty much have everything else sorted.
Everything we are trying to achieve in life and hoping to acquire from God flows from our ability to master the two attributes above. Sounds easy right?
It sounds simple, but it is much harder to accomplish when we try to on our own. God never instructed us to walk this journey alone. He doesn’t wave the possibility of success in front of us like a donkey running towards a carrot that he'll never reach.
God is not mean or heartless. He asks of us those things which he knows we can accomplish with the help of the Holy Spirit.
It is possible to love those who make it difficult to love them. It is possible to have your foot trodden upon and react in a graceful manner. It is possible to be offended and respond in a loving way. It is possible not in our flesh, but with the help of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes I feel like I’m ever the optimist, sometimes even a bit naive, but I like to see the best in people and hope for the best in the world.
Wherever you go, exude love.
Gods being and nature is love. Despite our envy, disobedience, need for control and power He still loves us. In turn, we must love those who curse us. When God takes up space in your heart and mind then loving others will be much easier. Not easy, but easier. We know how difficult it can be to love someone that makes it extremely difficult to love them. It’s hard.
Walk in love because your Father is love, He has shown mercy unto you so you must show mercy unto others.
Love was the intended plan of God before sin took place. The world was a place of love before evil left its footprint. It is the ultimate goal of the Lord for us and the very action that God requires of us. God asks us for nothing more than to love one another and love Him.
Everything else flows from love.
Think before you act. Self evaluation is always good.
Am I showing the love of God in my actions? Is this action a good representation of Christ? When someone slaps you - turn the other cheek, when someone steps on your foot - give them the other one.
It is so much easier said than done, I know but the intention is always what matters. As long as you intend to show love in every action you make. God has already covered you in forgiveness for every mishap you make.
What is love?
To fulfill the commandments of love we must first know what love is.
This is love:
1 John 4:10, New King James Version says:
“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
Propitiation means to do something that regains favour and brings reconciliation.
Love is not a feeling, it is an action; God is love because of the acts He has displayed in times past and present.
Love is a sacrificial act, it is dying to self. God exemplified love through sacrificing his son for our sins to be forgiven.
Love is not a just a verb, it also consists of the position of our hearts. We can find this in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 ,NKJV:
“Without having love in our hearts our ‘good deeds’ are pointless. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.”
God is love, Jesus is/was love personified. If we want to know how to love, Jesus should be our example.
The characteristics of Love are in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, 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.”
Jesus showed us these characteristics during his time on earth and throughout the gospels we can see that Jesus was long suffering and enduring till the end - even when the Jews and Pharisees questioned him, He remained steadfast. Jesus was always kind to everyone. He was very selfless, never self-seeking, because He knew what his purpose was.
Jesus was not provoked even when the people laughed at him, mocked him during his trial and even questioned him during his ministry, but He was always humble and spoke truth.
Love is the key to all things, God is love!
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