Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Walk in Love

"And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love." II John, vs. 6

I contemplated the phrase "walk in love" in my devotions this morning, along with the Apostle Paul's Damascus Road experience. Prior to his venturing on his journey to Damascus, he was totally committed to destroying all Christians "breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples." That is a far cry from walking in love. He was blinded by the true letter of the law, his legalistic upbringing and education, and following what he felt at the time was right by the standards in which he was raised. I think it is interesting that God chose "blinding" him with the presence of Christ to awaken Paul to the truth of His Son. When Paul's eyes were opened to God's love, he then was able to exhibit such love beyond measure toward his Christian brothers and sisters. He was also filled with such a love for Israel that he voiced these words: "For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race, the people of Israel." God caused a complete 180 in Paul's goals, commitments, and desires----he allowed Paul to see God's love for him through Christ, and God's desires for Paul to surrender his all for the cause of Christ.

Does God desire any less for us? If we've had a true conversion experience, his desire is that we love one another in such a way to cause others to want Christ in their lives. He wants us to walk in love in obedience to his commands, and his greatest command is "Love one another, as I have loved you." He wants our eyes opened to the degree that it changes the way we interact with those around us, even the unlovely, even our enemies. Check your attitudes! Are they attitudes of love? Love is what covers a multitude of sins, love is what will conquer the enemy.

Asking God to fill me with more love this year!


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