We know we are called to love others, but how do we do this? It can be even more difficult with those who are hard to love. God’s Word gives us the answer. As we learn to walk in love, it will affect our attitudes, our actions, and our relationship!
Life is hard. Relationships are messy. How do we love one another and extend grace when we just don’t feel like it, or when it seems impossible given the current situation we are facing? How do we walk in love?
In reading through Ephesians 4:1-5:21, we find some answers as we look at two repeated words in this passage.
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. —Ephesians 5:1-2
We began our Walk in Love study with the word Remember! Remember, you are the beloved of the Father—You are loved by God so deeply!
We are to REMEMBER we are loved, so that we might RESPOND like Jesus—to love as Christ loved us, giving Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
This love-walk is not always an easy path. How do I respond when: Continue reading “The Love-Walk: Responding Like Jesus”
Do you know God loves you? If you answered yes, I do not mean just head knowledge, but do you REALLY know it?
Personally, I have struggled with this in certain situations throughout my walk as a believer. My first response would be to say, “Of course I know God loves me.” I know He does. But my actions often reveal an area of my heart and life that does not truly believe He does. I find myself reacting from a place of identity in my past mistakes and failures than from the fact I am known, loved and forgiven in Christ Jesus.
The Father is reminding me to “love better” everywhere I turn. Most recently the reminder has come in Ephesians 5:1-2, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” But what does it mean to walk in love? What does this love walk look like in my every day life?
In the original language of Scripture, the word for walk in this verse means to conduct one’s daily life.
It’s about my moments in the day.
It’s about my choices—how I choose to respond in the moments of my day. Continue reading “Walk in Love”