What does the Word say about walking in love? When do you walk in love? Do you walk in love, when you are kind to people? If you tolerate and accept all things, including sins and iniquities? Many people, including believers, do think that when you walk in love, you respect and accept every one, including their nature, lifestyle, habits, sins and iniquities. Because of that, many churches do not represent Jesus Christ and do not represent the Kingdom of God. They have become social organisations, based on worldly principles and doctrines of man, where there is little or no more power. Let’s have a look at what Jesus, the Word, says about walking in love.
When do you walk in love?
As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you: continue ye in My love. If you keep My commandments, you shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love (Jn 15:9-10)
Walking in love means, keeping the commandments of Jesus Christ. When you walk in love, you will keep His commandments. Only when you keep His commandments, stay obedient and do what the Word tells you to do, only then shall you walk in love.
Just like I wrote in previous articles, the love for your neighbour begins with the love you have for Jesus Christ; the Word. You are seated in Him, in the Word, therefore you should get to know the Word. You will only get to know Him by the Word (the Bible), because He is the Word.
When Jesus is your first love, and when your love for Him is greater than the love for the world, and all there is within, only then shall you be able to love your neighbour as yourself.
When you love out of the flesh, out of your emotions and feelings, than your love belongs to the ‘death works’. But when you love out of the Spirit, you shall first of all, love God with all of your heart, mind and soul. You shall walk according to what the Word says, and you shall love your neighbour as yourself. You shall be able to forgive others, and will have a compassion for people.
Jesus walked in love
Jesus walked in the commandments of His Father, therefore He walked in love. Jesus wasn’t a wishy-washy, Who approved, and accepted all things of man. He didn’t speak gentle words, but hard words (Read also ‘Who is Jesus really’).
Jesus did not accept all kinds of behaviour, that went against the will of His Father. And He certainly did not approve sins, but He reproved man of their sins. Because He knew, that sin leads people into bondage of the devil and will lead to eternal death.
Jesus came to bring salvation, for those, who were in the bondage of sin. He came to set the captives free. He taught the people the Word of God, and many people repented of their sins. They gave up their life as a sinner, and became obedient to Him, to His Word, and followed Him.
Walking in love
Jesus is your Example, therefore you should submit yourself to Him; the Word. Just like Jesus submitted Himself to the Father. Jesus walked in love, by keeping the commandments of His Father.
When you see a brother or sister living in sin, falls back into sin every time, becomes disobedient to the Word, or goes after another doctrine, that is not in agreement with the Word of God, than it’s your duty to admonish him/her in a gentle manner. If you love your brother and sister, you will admonish him/her, so that so (s)he can repent and will be saved.
If you don’t care about your neighbour, then you keep your mouth shut. You will accept everything that this person does, and let him/her keep on walking in disobedience to God; in sins and iniquities. But if you care about your neighbour, and have the compassion of Jesus Christ, then you shall open your mouth, preach the truth, and reprove him/her of sin. By doing that, you will give life to him/her.
Therefore walk in Jesus’s love; love Him and keep all His commandments.
“Be the salt of the earth”