Weekly Devotional: Walking in God’s Love

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Walking in God’s love may seem like an easy concept, but at times, it can be very challenging. Loving in a broken world is hard and we won’t get it right all the time. We will make mistakes, and we can still overcome them, but we can’t overcome them alone. With God and his abundant love, we can right our wrongs and bring peace to others. Let’s explore what love is, how we can practice loving others, and why that’s important.

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What Is Love?

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. — 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NIV

As the Bible says in the quote above, love is many things and there are many ways for us to love others. God loves us and wants to be more included in our lives, but we must be the ones to open the door to our hearts and let him in. It may sound easier said than done, but by practicing and putting in effort, by leaning on God’s strength and perseverance, God can transform our hearts.

How can we open the door to our hearts for God?

  • We can accept God’s love and gifts into our lives.
  • We can be grateful and praise him for all he has done for us.
  • We can align ourselves closely with God’s character.
  • We can place God at the center of our lives when making decisions.
  • We can read the Bible and seek to understand more of his great Word.
  • We can pray and converse with God throughout the good and bad.
  • We can remain steadfast in our faith and trust in his plan.

But in order for us to follow in God’s character and Word, we need to understand that we are called to love. God loves us and wants us to love not only him, but to love others as well. When navigating the world and trying to tackle the many problems and sins within it, it can be testing.

So, what is the opposite of love then? That would be hate.

Facing the Fork in the Road

In life, we will be faced with making hard decisions that will come with consequences, that we may or may not foresee. When facing that fork in the road, having to decide between two options, what do we do?

Oftentimes, the challenge we may be faced with is whether we are to hate or love someone. The path to each may look different from one another. The path that leads to hatred may be the wider and more used road. Whereas the loving path is narrower and less worn down. This can be because it is easier for us to hate than to love. It is easier for us to run away from the problem and not think of it instead of facing it. It is easier to get caught up in the heat of the moment and unleash your frustration.

But it is the wrong thing to do. God calls us to love people, not to hate or judge.

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. — Proverbs 10:12, NIV

Even if it seems impossible to love the person who is wronging you. We can go to God to help us. Hatred gets us nowhere and solves nothing — all it does is cause more harm to you and the other person involved. By walking in God’s love, we are to disprove the sin, not the person.

Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. — 1 John 3:15, NIV

How We Can Love Others

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. — Ephesians 5:1-2, NIV

We can love others by loving the way Jesus loved us. To walk in God’s love, we can look to the role model and example that Jesus is for us when it comes to loving others. We can look up to him and practice the way he loved others and built a community. As Jesus said, the two greatest commandments are to love God with all we are and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We can follow these commandments to transform ourselves and our hearts to accept God’s love and to spread it to others.

He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ — Luke 10:27, NIV

So, what are some practical ways we can love others?

  • Don’t gossip over them and instead, give them praise.
  • Give someone a compliment and spread kindness.
  • Pray over people in your community.
  • Serve in your community or church. 
  • Volunteer at a place that needs your help.
  • Help someone if you see they’re in need.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. — John 13:34-35, NIV

Grand Canyon University is dedicated to helping all the members of the GCU community to love others and to walk in God’s love. To learn more, take a look at our Christian identity and mission. To explore more about spiritual life here at GCU, browse through our other weekly devotionals or complete the form on this page. 

Approved by the local outreach coordinator of the Department of Spiritual Life on May 13, 2024.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.