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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.”—2 John 1:6 (NKJV)
A few months after my parents got a new Pekingese puppy, my boyfriend and I volunteered to take Fifi for a walk around the block. I immediately regretted the choice.
The adorable canine loved to sit at our feet and play, but once we put a leash on her and asked her to stroll alongside us, she immediately lost all interest. Fifi was more interested in sniffing around for treats than obediently following. We spent 20 minutes trying to drag the four-legged rebel along the sidewalk. We called her name and jumped up and down attempting to gain her attention. In frustration, we ended up yanking the leash and dragging her along inch by inch at a snail’s pace.
In the apostle John’s second epistle to the early Church, he explains that love is walking according to God’s commandments. Love is active obedience. As a Christ-follower, my life should be guided by this unchanging and eternal truth. Rather than being led by my erratic emotions, I must consistently choose to yield my will to Christ. My feet must stay in step with my Master.
Walking in stride with God will transform your passions and purpose. Before Christ, we ran our own way and pursued our own selfish interests. But as lovers of God, we live to serve others and place the needs of the body before our own personal gain and glory. Love makes obedience a delight, not a duty.
A loyal Christ-follower pursues the truth, promptly obeys God’s directives, and moves toward others in love.
How’s your walk today? Are you sniffing around where you have no business? Have you wandered off the path and lost interest in the directives of your Master? Turn toward the truth and step back in stride with God. No matter how far you’ve strayed, His voice is near and will gently lead you home.
DIG: Read Ephesians 5:15-21. How does Paul describe those who walk in wisdom?
DISCOVER: Read 1 John 2:3-11. What is the new commandment we are to follow as we walk in the light?
DISPLAY: Ask God to show you practical ways to walk in love toward your brothers and sisters in Christ this week.