Walk In Love
In Ephesians 5:2 the apostle Paul says that we as Christians should “walk in love”. In other words love is to be one of the guiding principles of our lives. It is important to note that the kind of love that Paul is referring to is not an emotion. It is not a warm feeling of affection that we have for someone. Rather, this kind of love, agape love, is a choice we make. It is sometimes defined as “wishing for someone the highest possible good and working to bring that good about when possible”. It is necessary for us to have this kind of love for others if we would “be imitators of God” (Ephesians 5:1). We must “walk in love, as Christ also has loved us” (Ephesians 5:2). Having this love as a choice we make is how it is possible for us to follow the commandment given by Jesus that we “love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44). Jesus illustrated agape love in Luke 10:30-37 with the parable of the good Samaritan. Even though the Jews and Samaritans had nothing to do with each other (John 4:9) the Samaritan seeing someone in need, rendered such aid as he could. Jesus said that we should “Go and do likewise”. The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 13:8-10 that if we properly show agape love for one another we have “fulfilled the law” in regard to how we treat others. Paul says that the commandments “‘You shall not commit adultery’, ‘You shall not murder’, ‘You shall not steal’, ‘You shall not bear false witness’, ‘You shall not covet’...are all summed up in this saying, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” As Paul says, love properly understood and properly applied, “is the fulfillment of the law”. We must walk in love (1 John 3:10) if we would be children of God (Matthew 5:43-48; Ephesians 5:1). We must walk in love if we would be like Christ (Ephesians 5:2; Philippians 2:5-8). We must walk in love to fulfill God’s commands (Matthew 22:37-40; Romans 13:8-10).