“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34 NIV
Walking in love is not putting yourself first. It’s not thinking that your time is more valuable than someone else’s. It’s not thinking that you’re better than someone else. It’s not being quick to point out the faults of others, then telling five other people about them.
Walking in love means being quick to forgive. It means shaking off irritation and finding a way to bless others. It means shielding others from your bad mood and sharing your good mood. Love is humble and patient. It realizes that even though someone is smiling they may be hurting and broken on the inside.
Walking in love is not complaining about your circumstances, it’s finding a way to turn them into positives by leaning on God. Walking in love is not easy. It is hard work and it’s definitely a daily process. If you need an example of walking in love, just look at the life of Jesus. He sought out the undesirables. He never left a place without making things better. He sacrificed himself for a world that hated him. Even when we doubt him, deny his existence and even curse his name, He still loves us and continues to show mercy. If He can forgive us and endure a torturous death on our behalf, the very least we can do is show love towards each other.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV