“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: As followers of God, we walk in love.
From Jesus’ words in Matthew 18:7 and Luke 17:1, it is very clear that offences will certainly come. As long as human interactions and relationships exist, there will be reasons to get offended which will eventually result if not properly attended to. However, our attitude at all times as believers will be to walk in love. Observe Paul’s words again in Ephesians 4:31-32 “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”. Observe carefully Paul’s explanation of Ephesians 4:31-32 in context; “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” (Ephesians 5:1-2). The word “followers” (Ephesians 5:1) is a word that implies to act like, to mimic, to do exactly what has been done by another, and whenever this word was used in the New Testament, it was with respect to specific actions or behaviours. In essence, the word “followers” of God in this context (Ephesians 5:1-2) is in reference to walking in love to others. Notice the statement in verse 2, “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”. Therefore, the believer is to follow God; our example of love and forgiveness is the father. So, what Paul was explaining in context of Ephesians 4:31-32 was walking in love (Ephesians 5:1-2).
In other words, if you are walking in love, the actions Paul listed in Ephesians 4:31-32 which include bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil speaking, and malice will not be exhibited by you. You cannot walk in love towards someone you are bitter about, or walking in love towards someone you are angry with; you cannot keep grudges and saying you are walking in love. Who are you following or acting like? Are you acting like God by keeping grudges, malice and other works of the flesh? As believers, we have the capacity to love. Walk in love!
INSTRUCTION: You have the capacity to love, so walk in love.
PRAYER: Thank you father because I am born of you; therefore, I have the capacity to act like you, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: Coming with the revelation of who you are in Christ is your capability and ability in Christ.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 5