And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. 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. 2 John 1: 5-6
Training our six month old German Shepherd to walk with Doug and I in obedience not fighting the leash the goal of the particular night’s walk at the park. We walked him a bit further this evening so when we return to the truck, he’s anxious to go home so anxious that he jumps up into the bed of the truck before I was prepared knocking me off-balance. I fell hitting my face on the driveway. I’m scheduled to teach a class on back safety instead I tell them they are at a class for ………….
How do we walk in love? walk in obedience? love one another? Love comes from God as we read in 1 John 4:6-8, “We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. That is how we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deception. Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
We see the example of obedience in the Old Testament, “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here. Zechariah 3:7 and in the New Testament, “and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Through Him and on behalf of His name, we received grace and apostleship to call all those among the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. Romans 1:4-6.
Ways to walk with the Lord, memorize God’s word, write out God’s word, there is a scripture writing program known as Sweet Blessings , write out your prayers, read God’s word, go to church, pray, sing and praise God from the bottom of your heart. One of the things I do is write memory verses on index cards and then I put them in my jacket and I give the card away to a patient that may need the verse.
So when Travis jump into the truck I landed onto my face, my sweet husband had to take me to the hospital and I was x-rayed no fracture. But bruised. As I said, I was scheduled to teach a class for back safety but I welcomed them to a class on spousal abuse! The class laughed and between that and the goodies I brought I receive rave reviews.
Beloved, what do you need to do to walk daily with the Lord? Do you love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind? And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1 John 4:16
Life Lesson: We need to love one another.
Song: Because He Lives
Father God, Thank you that you loved us first and we love you because you love us, God you are love. Lord, we are commanded to love one another. This is an old commandment. We are to love others more than ourselves. Lord, help me to show my love and to find favor. Lord sometimes I need love shown to me. Would you bridge the gap between the love I receive and the love I need. Help us walk a worthy loving walk. We ask all of this in your Son’s name. Amen.