By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another (John 13:35).
Love is the most potent force in the universe. Little wonder the Bible declares that love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8). Love is the nature of God. In other words, not only is God a loving heavenly Father, He is love personified. He functions by the love principle and as His kids we're to do the same. Walking in love therefore ought to come natural with you as a child of God.
Jesus said "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another" (John 13:35). He lets us know that walking in love is the most essential quality to be manifested by the believer. That's what makes you a true disciple. You can change your relationships for better if you'll learn to walk in love towards everyone around you. Walking in love will make you overlook any offence or ill-treatment from maybe an antagonistic inlaw, an uncoorperative brother or sister, a nagging boss, or an obstinate subordinate.
When you walk in love, you learn to separate the offenders from their offences; you refuse to judge people by their actions. That way, you hear their voice differently and view their actions and motives differently. Determine within yourself to walk in love towards everyone around you, and it will be easy for you to overlook the hurtful words and actions of others.
The Bible says "the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost..." (Romans 5:5). Thus you don't have to struggle to walk in love, since the love of God is a product of your recreated human spirit. Walking in love makes you honourable and brings out the glory of God in you, for to manifest love is to manifest God, since God is love.
It doesn't matter how unkind and unfriendly some folks may get towards you, love them all the same. When you walk in love you'll never fail or stumble in life, for love never fails. Prove that you're indeed a true disciple: "walk in love, as Christ also loved us and gave himself for us as an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour" (Ephesians 5:1-2).
Dear Father, I thank you for giving me a heart that loves at all times. It's impossible for me to hate or be resentful because your love saturates my hearth and by your Spirit, I'm manifesting this love to everyone around me through my words and actions, in Jesus' Name.
Rhapsody of Realities October 24, 2008
-Pastor Anita Oyakhilome