Week 26 Word: Walk in Love
Week 26 Text: Romans 5:5
Written by: Diana Dunne
“And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”(Romans 5:5 NLT)
In the late ’90’s, there was a movie called Message in a Bottle. A woman walking on a beach finds a bottle containing a love letter, and she tracks down the author. It forever changes her life. Beyond place, beyond time, she finds love.
Walk in love. What does that mean, exactly? What does it look like to walk in His love? We have been told, and we believe, that the life of Jesus is the best example of walking in love–but which part? I mean, His life was huge. And, I might point out, He walked this earth as a man.
As women, we are taught that to be lovable, we must be “nice”; we should be sweet, supportive, polite. Perhaps less so than previous generations, but a socially submissive message is still out there–particularly in the Christian community. Is that the totality of “walking in love”?
When I look at Jesus’ life, I see a mixed bag. A man who spoke gently to an outcast woman, who bravely touched lepers, who blessed little children—that same man called religious leaders a “brood of vipers,” rebuked His disciples, overturned merchants’ tables in the temple courtyard. The Man who is the very embodiment of walking in love seems very complicated.
But is He? Is walking in love complicated? Jesus explained that He only did what He saw the Father doing (John 5:19). So how did He do that? How do we do that? According to Romans 5:5, we listen to the Holy Spirit. He is continuously writing God’s love in our hearts and in our lives.
So, good news! You are walking in love right now as you read this. You are doing it every time you open and read the Bible. You are doing it every time you join someone for prayer, assemble with believers in church, give yourself some quiet space for reflection. And…
…you are walking in love when you wipe a runny nose, fold laundry, work hard to do your job, run the umpteenth errand of the day. Walking in love is a combination of ministering to ourselves and others. It is taking the love the Holy Spirit puts in our hearts, and living as a beloved daughter. We are esteemed princesses, worthy of respect and honor. We are trusted servants, stooping to help the helpless and minister to the broken-hearted.
God is filling us with a message He is sending out to the world–a love note in a bottle He is casting into the sea of life. And that “love letter” will be read–here and now, or perhaps on a distant shore, in another time. Someone, something we have touched in this lifetime will be changed by our taking the time to listen to God, and doing the things (big or tiny) that He puts in our lives while we’re here.
A wise lady once told me she didn’t worry about things that weren’t going to make a difference a hundred years from now. Walking in love? It always makes that kind of difference.
Dear friends, walk in love today.
1. What is one of your favorite stories about Jesus and how He loved people?
2. Think of one thing you did today and then ask the Father to take that action or those words and use them to bless someone a hundred years from now.
3. Write a love note that God would send you. What would He say to you?