II John 5-6 “And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.”
John sat with Jesus at the last supper and listened to his Lord talk about love. “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you,” Jesus told his disciples. And dear, sweet John, the disciple of love, took those words to heart perhaps more than any of the other disciples. For it was John who became known as the apostle of love. It was John who carried that love as the centerpoint of his teaching and his life.
As a matter of fact, John referred to himself as “the disciple who Jesus loved.” Many think that was boastful of John, but I don’t think so. I don’t think he was reflecting his pride as much as his gratitude. Jesus loved me. John. Unbelievable.
In 1 John 4:19, John wrote, “We love because He first loved us.” Not, we loved God because He first loved us, but, “We love . . .” God’s love for us gives us the ability to love other people. Unbelievable. Now, we can walk in love, because His love made it possible.
How do we walk in love? We do so by obeying God. And we can only obey Him by living in Him, by making Him the most important part of our lives each day, each hour, each minute. When we live in God, when we obey Him, then He equips us to love with His love.
Dear Father, Please help me to obey You, and to walk in Your love. Thank you for loving me, so that I can love.