Walking in Love
Matthew 12:22-25 22Then a blind and dumb man under the power of a demon was brought to Jesus, and He cured him, so that the blind and dumb man both spoke and saw. 23And all the [crowds of] people were stunned with bewildered wonder and said, This cannot be the Son of David, can it? 24But the Pharisees, hearing it, said, This Man drives out demons only by and with the help of Beelzebub, the prince of demons. 25And knowing their thoughts, He said to them, Any kingdom that is divided against itself is being brought to desolation and laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will last or continue to stand.
In this story the Pharisees were giving Jesus a hard time for casting out a demon. They said since He was casting them out He must be of the devil. Jesus basically tells them that would be impossible. He says any kingdom, or cit , or house that is divided against itself cannot stand. When I read this I was reminded of the scripture in Amos 3:3 3Do two walk together except they make an appointment and have agreed? Unless there is agreement, your home, your job and your relationships cannot thrive. Where there is disagreement strife comes in to divide. Proverbs 10:12 says 12Hatred stirs up contentions (or strife), but love covers all transgressions. In order to not allow division of strife in our life, we must learn to walk in love.
Rev. Doug Jones was recently at our church and gave the best definition of love. He said, “Love is joyfully choosing to take an action that promotes the welfare of another. Love does what is the most beneficial for the recipient at the moment.” What a powerful statement! Walking in love means that we put the well-being of our spouses, our children, our friends, our co-workers, etc…. above our own. As I started thinking about this I had to evaluate my own life, and my actions on a day to day basis. Do I do what is the most beneficial for others, or do I do what is most beneficial for myself? Ever since I heard this definition of love I find myself constantly checking my heart to make sure I am walking in love. When we walk in love, we are obeying God’s greatest commandment. Right before Jesus was crucified He told His disciples in John 13:34-35 34I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another. 35By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves]. He told them, the same way I have loved you is the way you are to love one another. His love for us was so great that He laid down His life, enduring excruciating torture for the very ones inflicting the pain. Meditate on that for a minute. He went through so much for us, and whether we choose to serve Him or not, He still loves us. When we mess up, He still loves us. When we are wholeheartedly serving Him, He still loves us. His love for us never changes. When we start walking in love with one another like that we keep strife from coming in and allow unity to prevail in our lives.