“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: Our example of love for us as believers is the father.
As we proceeded in our studies on this subject, we came to observe Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church in Ephesians 4:31-32 and we saw what Paul explained in context of Ephesians 4:31-32 in Ephesians 5; Ephesians 5:1-2 again “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”. Recall, the word “followers” which is the word “mimetes” in the Greek implies to act like, to mimic, to do exactly what has been done by another. And when this word “mimetes” was used in the New Testament, it was in respect to actions or behaviours. Thus, in context of Ephesians 4:31-32, what Paul explained was walking in love as explained in Ephesians 5:1-2. So, the word “followers of God” in context is in reference to walking in love. And from Paul’s words here, it is clear that our example of love and forgiveness is our Father. So, the example we have in the two instances is the Father who forgave us for Christ’ sake and Christ who loved us by giving Himself as a sacrifice for us. In essence, the believer must firstly understand the love of God demonstrated in Christ’s sacrifice. When he comes into that realization of who he is, then walking in love becomes exhibiting his nature and not rules and regulations. Just as God in Christ loved us, the believer can also display the same character of love towards others. Therefore, recognition is vital in the love walk. Paul in writing to Philemon who was a protégé of his echoes “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus” (Philemon 1:6) is the Greek word “epignosis” which implies accuracy in insight; to appreciate, to recognize. In other words, the degree to which the believer recognizes his realities is the degree to which he will walk in it. That is, why you cannot separate a man’s character from what he knows. You cannot separate what a man thinks and does from the information he exposes his mind to. Therefore, if you know from God’s word that love is your nature, then walk in it. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Love is your nature; walk in it.
PRAYER: Father I declare by faith that my nature which is love is displayed or seen in my conduct towards people, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The information a man is exposed to forms the basis for his thoughts, words and his actions.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4