The Bible says some profound things about Love and the importance of walking in love. For instance:
- “God is love” (1 John 4:8). On the one hand, God is beyond description. No words in the English language or any other language can adequately describe Him. On the other hand, love is the essence of who God is.
- “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). Attending church with a Bible in our hands or telling others that we are a Christian means absolutely nothing to the world. What is compelling, however, is the love that fellow Christians demonstrate toward each other.
- “If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:2). Spiritual gifts are great. We should desire them in our life. But one thing that’s more powerful than any spiritual gift is unconditional love.
Every Christian has an amazing capacity to love others because we have been born of the Spirit of God and God is love.
But check out this verse from Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi: “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment” (Philippians 1:9).
Think about that: “that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment.” Why does our love need to abound or increase in knowledge and in judgment? Because God does not want us to be naïve in the area of love; rather, we must become mature in love.
Now notice the object of Paul’s admonition: “That ye may approve things that are excellent….(verse 10).” The point is that our walking in love does not mean we must be a door mat for others to trample over or a person who is easily duped. But those are the kind of experiences we will have if we don’t learn how to properly walk in love.
What about you? Do you regard yourself as one who is mature in love? Is your love increasing in knowledge and in judgment?
Signs of a Lack of Maturity in Love
- You feel compelled to give money to every beggar and apparent homeless person who asks it of you. You feel it’s none of your business to ask reasonable questions before dipping into your wallet or purse. “But he who is spiritual appraises all things” (1 Cor. 2:15, NASB).
- You fail to use discretion in the area of dating. You don’t pray about and assess the spiritual status of a potential new mate. You hasten to give your heart away. Your naiveté blinds you to danger signs because love covers (Proverbs 10:12).
- You tend to believe everyone who comes as a messenger in the name of the Lord. Thereby you predispose yourself to wolves who come in sheep clothing. “Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).
It will cost us something to walk in love toward others. Some people tend to take love for weakness. They will seek to exploit our love for their advantage. However, we must not respond by shutting up our love to protect ourselves from exploitation but by becoming mature in love.
Remember the object: to approve things that are excellent.
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