Have you ever stopped to ask yourself that question? In the English language especially, we use that word to mean so many different types of love. I love my husband, I love my kids, I love my car, I love Italian food, I love… you get the idea. While all of that may be true, I certainly don’t demonstrate and act on that love in the same way.This month we’re looking at love from the eyes of one who came to be known as the disciple whom Jesus loved. John wrote the letter of 2 John to the church and in it we find some beautiful truths about love. Check out last week’s devotional here. This we, we’re continuing and will see the definition of love.
2 John 4-6 “It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. 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.”
There it is, clear as day. What is love? Love is that “we walk in obedience to his commands.” Yep, walk, which requires action. We can’t say that we love God if we are not doing actions. Plus, it’s not just any action, we are to do what He commands us to do. This is not a new command. He’s told us to do this from the beginning. He’s commanded us to do this. We are to walk in love. How do we walk in love? By obeying.
It sounds so simple and really, it is simple. We just have to do it. We can’t work up love. We can’t intend to love. We can’t even fake love. Love is obedience to Jesus Christ. We love by being obedient. How am I to love my husband? I love him by being obedient to Jesus Christ in every area of my life. How am I to love my kids? I love them by being obedient to Jesus Christ in every area of my life. By placing Jesus Christ first and loving Him by obeying Him, I am able to love everyone else I am around.
Having problems in your relationships? Chances are it’s a love issue. Are you loving Jesus Christ by being obedient to His commands? If the answer is no, take some time and refocus on your love for Jesus. It will make a world of difference!
Kristi Burchfiel, Christian devotional author and speaker
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