Walk in LoveBro. David Chancellor
11/5/2006 6:00 PM
Be ye therefore followers of God as dear children: And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
He is admonishing the people to walk as God would have them to walk. "…walk in love…" Your life should be one where love is consistently in action.
1 John 2:8-11
Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not wither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
Love and light are tied together. The light that shines in people’s heart is love. Great light should be shown through great love. If love is in your heart, you don’t want to be a stumblingblock to anyone else. Live your life with consideration for others. Be thoughtful in how you act and what you do. It takes thought and consideration of the impact of our actions to keep from being a stumblingblock.
There are those who, with an increase of understanding, act on their greater liberty. We need to consider others, even when we understand. We don’t want to hate our brother. We want to live as love would have us to.
Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
The problem wasn’t with the meat; it was in not considering the trials of others. Love will cause us to act out of consideration of others. It wouldn’t be loving to invite someone to be part of something you know they have a struggle with (ex – inviting someone who you know believes that eating pork is wrong to join you for a ham dinner).
It isn’t up to us to decide who is part of the church; we just need to focus on being in it. Love is concerned that people not be turned aside from serving God by what we allow or disallow. Love will realize that there is a time to speak and a time to be silent. We don’t want to be the cause of anyone dying lost. We want to be a blessing and an encouragement to each other. As we walk in love it will enhance the effectiveness of the message that goes out.
Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother. Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient, Yet for love’s sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ. I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:
This is a personal letter from Paul to Philemon to deal with a personal matter. It’s good to hear of all the good things in lives of Christians, but we want people to realize that these good qualities are there because of Christ. These qualities help the cause of Christ.
Rather than being bossy and giving Philemon "what for," Paul approached him through love. He begged him on Onesimus’ behalf. What tone do we take in dealing with others? Are we demanding or are we beseeching? Love at work will beseech and do what it can to help the situation. We need to think of how God sees things. Love shouldn’t be demanding. It should ask and petition. When troubles arise, we’re supposed to go to our brother and beseech him. Love tries to fix the problem without ordering people around. It says, "I have a problem. Can we fix it?" Telling people, "YOU have a problem," is a failure of love.
We should love all alike. The world notices when someone loves everyone. Paul beseeched, and it is a good example to follow. He walked in love and desired to help in his words and actions.
2 Corinthians 12:11-15
I am become a fool in glorying: ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing. Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds. For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong. Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you; for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
Love will walk a certain way even though, by doing so, it will be less likely to be loved back. These had questioned Paul’s apostleship because he hadn’t been supported by these financially. He had supported himself (and some others) because he hadn’t wanted to be a burden. He acted out of love, and was questioned because of it.
We don’t want to be a burden to others. If we do have to be taken care of, God can help us to be sweet in it. Still, the desire is there not to be a burden. Love given doesn’t always receive love in return. Keep loving even if it isn’t returned.
Our concern should be toward those around us. Don’t quit walking the walk of love. Keep the love of God towards others even when they don’t return it.
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia, but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
The preacher doesn’t have to teach us everything; God can teach us directly on things. When God teaches, we need to pay attention. He adapts his lessons to our needs. If the love of God isn’t in you, none of this teaching will help. You have to get the love of God first. The Spirit of God directs and teaches. One lesson he teaches is to walk in love.
The message of love deals with the body of Christ, but it is also a message that needs to be manifested to the unsaved. They need to see it. If they see it, it will draw them toward God.
To prosper, we need to walk the walk of love. If love fails, we’ll fail as a church. It would prevent us from reaching out to others, and keep us from staying together. Love is essential to our effectiveness as a church.
Love is more than an emotion. It has a practical side to it in every area of life. We need to practice love everywhere we go. We don’t want to be a stumblingblock to anyone. We don’t want to be commanding or demanding with each other. Practice beseeching. Consider your tone in dealing with others. Work through love.