Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. Eph 5:1-2
You’ve probably walked in a lot of places, but have you walked in love? Yes, there is actually a walk or rather a lifestyle of love that believers should have. No, it doesn’t mean to fall in love with people, or to have this mushy gushy romantic feeling towards everyone you meet. Walking in love or this lifestyle of love is based on God’s agape love, a selfless love, a decision love, not a feeling love. Chances are you’ve been in the presence of a person who has put you at rest, and gave you a sense of security and peace. A person that wasn’t pretentious, just trying to mislead you; a person that was truly patient with you, your mistakes and even forgave you when you intentionally did wrong. What you experienced and saw is a person walking in love. There’s more you can say about it, I’ve only mentioned a few aspects, and in all fairness, you are probably that person. In any case read on, because walking in love is how we imitate God and fulfill the commandments to love your neighbor.
I don’t know what you are currently thinking about walking in love, but if you’re like me, your thoughts probably range from willingness to uneasiness; from “yes Lord”, to “I can’t do that Lord”, or “I don’t have it in me, Lord”. If that’s the case, it’s alright, because God is looking for us to totally depend upon Him to do this. Naturally, or rather the love we’re born with is fickle and temperamental. It’s a “when I feel like loving” love, or a “love when the circumstances are right” love. We could hardly imitate God with our fickle natural love. So God took the initiative and among other things He chose to deal with that fickle love for us.
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Rom 5:5
God’s love is poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit; it’s a spiritual event, whereby we become vessels of the greatest love in the universe. On the cross the love was displayed, but we receive God’s love in actuality through the Holy Spirit. We know our hope will not disappoint us, because we have become recipients of the agape love, a selfless love, a decision love. Now we can love like Him, because we have the same love like Him! I imagine that like me, you probably love receiving gifts; I always remind myself it is more blessed to give than to receive. Walking in love is giving away one of the greatest gifts we have, God’s love.
We are rational thinking beings and with most things we have questions. Right now some of them could be what exactly is walking in love? Is it having a tingling feeling of elicit joy for everyone I meet? Do I have to like everyone? No, you don’t have to like everyone, but we are told to love everyone; “the good, the bad and the ugly”. God’s love is not based off of feelings, and so walking in love is not based off of feelings. Walking in love is imitating God. It is walking with no ill intent towards people, because love does no harm and God is love (Rom 13:10). That entails every act of conceivable harm towards another person, because the law is summed up in one statement, “you shall love your neighbor as yourself”(Rom 13:9). When we are walking in love, we are patient, kind, not boasting, envying or being prideful. Walking in love is not selfishly seeking its own, and it always rejoices in the truth.
I remembering feeling dumb founded when I first came to this passage in Ephesians, like I felt back in Algebra with Trig class. It took time to wrap my mind around this, and more time to grow in God’s love to actually do it. I knew what the words said, but the implications of it seemed intimidating. That was some time ago, God has done a work in me, like He has promised to do in all of us. I conclude with this, walking in love is one unworthy person, giving to another unworthy person the greatest gift there is, God’s love.
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