What does it mean to walk in love in the truest sense? This has been on my heart the last couple of days so I’m feeling it is time to take a look at this today.
“I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. And now I ask you, dear lady, not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.” (2 John 4-6 ESV)
We are to love one another in deed and truth. So this implies steps of action on our part and and a sense of basis and foundation for those steps. May we live and walk with the basis for our motives and intentions being centered in what God has to say about us and consequently how we are to walk out our daily lives. May we not only love in this truth but know that the truth of what God has to say is fully alive and activated within us every moment. May grace mercy and truth prevail within us and may we abide in the teachings of Jesus and in the examples He left with us.
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
As we bear with one another we are to share in or help carry the load of one another’s burdens thus encompassing the law of Christ, which is fulfilling the royal law of love which we are to as a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, to fulfill in order to proclaim the virtues of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (2 Peter 2:9 ESV)
Let us not go looking for or being drawn to focus on the differences that tend to separate us or on what seems to be wrong or not going so well in our life.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
(Philippians 4:8, ESV)
May we be eager to seek out that which unites us and brings a wholesomeness to our relationships in life. In a humble and gentle spirit may we patiently overlook, work though and endure our differences in opinions, preferences, culture, etc. This is the beginning of developing and cultivating a lifestyle that is Christ honoring and fulfilling.
What was Jesus’ great priestly prayer for each of us? Was it not to declare the following; “these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.
May we all be one, just as the, Father, is in Jesus, and He in us, that we also may be in Him, so that the world may believe that He has been sent and come from the Father. The glory that the Father gave Him, that we may be one even as we The Father and Jesus are one, He in us and us in Him, that we may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that He sent us forth and loves us even as He loves the Father.
May the goodness of God be clearly seen and genuinely displayed in the lives we live and as we walk them out. Let us as sons and daughters of God, be a people set apart for His glory and as we do so, be changed into the same from glory unto glory even as by the Spirit of the Lord. Is this not truly being “in love” and living to live, to love?