Walk in Love.
Love is the power that has drawn us as sinners to God, that has melted the hardness of our hearts, and that now constrains us to live for Him. Love is the sphere of the Christian's activity. "God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him" (1 John 4:16). We are called to be followers, imitators of God. Therefore "we have to walk in love."
"God for Christ's sake has forgiven you." If we imitate God in this respect we shall forgive one another. The apostle makes no distinction between our being the objects of God's love and our being the objects of the love of Christ. It is one and the same love.
We have not only to contemplate and rejoice in this love, we have to "walk" in it. That is, we have to show it in a practical way; we have to exemplify it. "Walking" is the term which the apostle uses to point out the practical side of Christianity. As with our bodies, so with our souls, we need exercise, in order to develop fully as God would have us do. We cannot remain healthy unless we are carrying out into practice that which we have received as the cardinal truths of our faith.
For further thought:
1. What does it mean, from a practical point of view, to "walk in love?"
2. Is it possible to "imitate" God?
Taken from the book: Today, Lord, I Will.