We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death (1 John 3:14).
The successful Christian life is a life lived in the spirit. That is, a life where the real me, my human spirit, is allowed to control my behavior. Walking in the spirit is allowing my spirit, filled with God’s nature, to rule my conduct. Walking in the spirit is allowing the Word supremacy as I make decisions in how I approach the everyday life issues. So many of us allow our mind, emotions, and bodies to control us, and the light within us is dimmed. If I am a wise believer I take time to feed on the Word of God each day and I spend time meditating in the Word so that my human spirit can be strong and vibrant, motivating my lifestyle. Walking in love is one of the signposts on the road of my spirit ruled walk. When I am walking in the spirit, I will be ruled by the love of God, because the love of God has been poured inside of me by the Holy Spirit when I was born again (see Romans 5:5). When this love rules me from within, I will love others without requiring them to act in a way that pleases me, that is, unconditionally. I will put myself and my wishes last and the other person and their needs first. I will love others regardless of their attitude and demeanor towards me. I will be patient, kind, caring, honest, real, joy filled, hopeful, believing, and mannerly. When this love rules me, I will live above strife and petty differences. This love of God within me doesn’t pay attention to the wrongs others commit against me, and it will move me to treat those who treat me offensively as though they had done no wrong! This love that we have received will help remove the abrasiveness that sometimes creeps up in our contact with others. We’re to be clothed with love (Colossians 3:14). What we’re clothed with is the first thing people see when they meet us. When others see us, the first thing they should notice is an unselfish love that puts others first and is kind, winsome, and real. That’s what Jesus wants for you and me today.
If I’ll seek to be ruled by love today, I will be allowing my human spirit right of way in my life. And the Father and Jesus will direct my steps through the Word. I’ll live above the strife, envy and self-centeredness that are so common today, and I will be used to be the light that Jesus has called me to be.