Walking in love seems like such an easily doable term but how many of us practice it? What does it mean?
And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.
This means that the true sign of our discipleship is the love that we have for one another. When you think of true love, does Jesus Christ come to mind? Is he your first thought? When you long to love more or want to be loved better, is Christ the standard you are striving towards?
Walking in love is not a one time experience but is done daily. There are different ways in which we can practice this;
1.Imitate Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. This means, act as Jesus would. I’ve heard instances
2. Have a close relationship with God. Working on your relationship with him daily naturally puts you in a place of peace and love which will emanate to other people.
3.Forgive. “It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.” –Maya Angelou
Forgiving sets you free from grudges and carrying baggage that causes bitterness and emotional pain. We should always forgive each other as we would want God to forgive us.
4.Pray for others. As much as you can, as often as possible, pray for other people.
5.Look for opportunities to do well for others. It could be helping someone cross the road, complimenting someone, or checking up on someone.
6.Intentionally pursue love. Referring to 1st Corinthians 13, replace ‘love’ with your name. Are you patient? Love is kind? Are you envious?
7.Practice patience. You could make yourself wait, relax, and take deep breathes, whisper a prayer then go back to what was making you impatient.
8.Acknowledge how great God’s love is for you. God is love. He created us in his image and likeness, he knew us before we were brought into this world and had a plan for us. He gave his ONLY son for us to have eternal life. Isn’t this just love?
Let love reign:).