Walk In Love
Ephesians 5:2 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.
Intro: Our theme this year is “Walk Worthy”. We will look at just one of the many ways that you and I can walk worthy of Christ. As I have been meditating on these verses for the last several days, I have longed for our church to have this type of relationship. A church that loves one another. A church that loves God. A church that loves sinners. A church that understands what it means to WALK IN LOVE!!
The world we live in is such a hateful, contentious place.
Dog-eat-dog environment at the job.
Driving and traffic – people trying to kill one another.
The political climate is one of complete chaos; malice, hatred, strife, contention…
The world is at each other’s throats, wars and rumors of wars.
Threats of terrorism and fear of being maimed or killed by complete strangers in the most random places.
It is high time that we turn the tide by learning how to WALK IN LOVE!!!
I can’t think of a better testimony in the community than to be known as that church where the people love one another.
I. It is a Discipleship Thing – vs. 1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
- 1 John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
- John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is much more than just bearing His name.
It is more than just an identification; it is an imitation.
If we profess to be a follower of God, we will walk in love.
II. It is a Daily Thing – vs. 2 And walk in love…
The word WALK here is to make one’s way, progress; to make due use of opportunities; to regulate one’s life, to conduct one’s self
Walking in love means a lifestyle. It is a daily way of going about one’s life.
This isn’t just random spurts of goodwill and kindness; walking in love means all day, every day – loving people!
We find just the phrase “love one another” 12 times in the New Testament:
- Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another; for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
- 1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
- 1 John 3:11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
- 1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
- 1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
- 1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
- 1 John 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
- 2 John 1:5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
Our love for others shouldn’t just be when it’s convenient – we should make time for it.
But – loving others shouldn’t come across as a scheduled event, but rather part of our normal life.
Walking in love means it’s all throughout the day – interwoven in our life.
III. It is a Demonstrated Thing – vs. 2b …as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself
- 2 Corinthians 8:24 Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.
Christ demonstrated His love for us by GIVING HIMSELF.
JOKE: A very rich lawyer is approached by his pastor. The pastor was bothered by the fact that the man made over a million dollars last year but didn’t donate even a cent to the church.
“First of all”, says the lawyer, “my mother is sick and dying in the hospital, and it’s not covered by healthcare.
Second, I had five kids through three divorced marriages.
Third, my sister’s husband suddenly died and she has no one to support her and her four children.”
“I’m terribly sorry”, says the pastor, “I feel kind of bad now about asking you for money.”
The man replied, “Yeah, well if I’m not giving them any money, why should I give the church any?”
We can deceive ourselves into thinking that we love people, but do we really pass the test of walking in love?
Walking in love is not just an inward emotion or frame of mind; it will produce actions that demonstrate that love.
Take a quick self-test on whether or not you are walking in love:
- WHO? To whom have you demonstrated a Christ-like love lately?
- WHEN? When was the last time you went out of your way to show someone that you really loved them?
- WHAT? What did you do, and was it a Christ-like demonstration or was it weak and half-hearted?