I was often perplexed at how celebrities allow complete strangers to evoke such emotion from them. After all it is some person in Internet world with an opinion but no relation to their day-to-day life. However, anytime something hits the Internet people are poised to post their opinion. After watching recent events in Internet world transpire, I am convinced that public opinion is powerfully scary. Yet, how people react to the opinions is even more significant.
The Rap artist Jay-Z penned in his song Heart of The City (Ain’t No Love):
“respect the game, that should be it
What you eat don't make me s*** - where's the love?
It’s strange to quote Jay-z but his words in this moment are profound. What you consume or do is your opinion and does absolute nothing for who I am as an individual. So, drop the hate and start helping. That’s love.
Because we are in such an over-opinionated society – every one has something to say and someone has to hear it.
2 John 1:6New King James Version (NKJV)
6 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.
Walk IN LOVE.
Have you ever watched how people physically walked? You can tell a lot about person by their walk. Late people run. Confident people walk pronounced. Ashamed people walk hunched over. Nervous people barely walk at all. But everyone has a destination and each needs the proper transportation to get there. If the shoe or transportation is inadequate the journey is terrible.
Walk IN LOVE.
The love that 2 John speaks of is a commandment and not a suggestion. This same love is everyday and is not limited to certain days.
When I was first learned to walk, my back was misaligned and subsequently my walk was awkward. I knew how to walk but I could not walk well on my own. My parents were encouraged to attach braces to my legs. The braces worked to train my legs and body to walk more adequately.
I believe that everyone has the ability to love but circumstances have affected our ability to do it well. That is why God sent the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:8) We have power when receive the Holy Spirit. Yet, although we have him, we tend to ignore Him when we want to walk our own way. And, like me without my braces – right walking is affected and a fall is coming soon.
As you spend more time with God, your Holy Spirit braces don’t leave you – you just become a stronger walker.
How do you walk in love?
· Practice Patience
· Pursue Peace
· Push for Progress
WHY should you walk in love?
· It is your assignment
· Is WINNING the argument worth LOSING your testimony
WHEN should you walk in love?
· Sometimes SILENCE is the LOUDEST response
We do not serve a somewhat good God and we cannot be somewhat good in the way we love. This isn’t ooey gooey love - this is respect, attitude, and actions. God’s grace is sufficient for you. He can help you recover from your errors but practice Love daily. It isn’t easy and it will require effort…
When people work to push you from position, don’t forget who you are and where you are going. Instead of running to react, walk in Love and watch God work it out.
Walk in LOVE.