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. Ephesians 5:2 (KJV)
We’ve just finished our annual church council meeting where our theme was “Walk in Love.” We looked at the many ways we can actually demonstrate love in our daily Christian walks so that we go beyond just talking love to doing love. It’s so easy to talk the talk but much harder to walk the walk.
When my brother and I were growing up, my mother used a rather effective punishment to ensure that actions spoke louder than words. If either of us were mean or spoke harshly to each other, Momo intervened, and justice was swift. Jack and I had to face each other and recite, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Eph. 4:32). What followed afterward was even more stringent: we had to hug and kiss each other. Of course, we always wound up in gales of laughter. Momo was determined that we understand love as a verb.
We could probably all make extensive lists of how to demonstrate love. When I think of how God loved and gave for us, it’s so much easier for me to put self-love on the cross and ask for his love to fill and flow through me. Now it’s time to take action.
Father, may I daily become more like you in loving, in giving and forgiving just as you loved me. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.