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 KJV
Following God, we walk in love. Aha! Twice in the Old Testament we are told of men who walked with God, first Enoch and then Noah. But how do we walk with God? We walk in love.
Now the love I’m talking about here is not a warm, fuzzy feeling. It is the concentrated dedication to the well being of another. It is not particular, either. It meets the stranger with the same dedication and purpose that it extends to friends and family.
In order to walk in this love, we need to see the other person with God’s eyes, eyes that see the other person as a beloved child of the Father. Seeking the good and potential in others, we can overlook their foibles and shortcomings, especially as we recognize some of the same foibles and shortcomings in ourselves.
This kind of love will serve to keep us walking with God, in His purpose, and becoming a person after God’s own heart. How can we extend God’s love to those we meet today?
Help us to see with Your eyes and love with Your open heart. Grant us the patience to work toward this end. Thank you for loving us and teaching us to love one another.
In Jesus’ most precious name.