“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.” – Romans 12:9-13
LIGHT FOR NOW: The epistles are replete on walking in love.
As we continued in this study, we came to deduce from careful scriptural analysis that a fundamental display of honour in our conduct or attitude towards fellow believers, church leadership and membership is walking in love. That is why in all of Paul’s letters, he admonished believers to walk in love towards one another; our key text Romans 12:9-13 is a perfect example. In chapter 13 of Romans, Paul echoes similar truth; it reads “Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Romans 13:8-10). In chapter 4 of Ephesians, Paul lays credence to this truth, it reads “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:29-32). Again, walking in love is implied, we forgive others even as God for Christ’ sake hath forgiven us.
In his letter to the Galatian church, he emphasizes same truth, it reads “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:16-23). Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Don’t just stop at knowing who you are in Christ; because of who you are, there are things you should do and things you shouldn’t; therefore, know them and reflect them in your conduct.
PRAYER: Father, I declare that I walk in the realities of who I am, not just in words but also in deeds, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: You are saved by grace and not by works, but your growth in grace influences your work.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 5