Ephesians 4:1-3, 1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Ephesians 5:1-2, 1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
The topic of “love” is dealt with in great detail in the New Testament. You will find the words “love,” “loved,” “lovest,” or “charity” 257 times in 222 different New Testament verses. No New Testament writer dealt with the topic of “love” like the Apostle Paul, not even the Apostle John, who is often referred to as the “Apostle of Love.”
Paul dealt with the topic of love extensively. Paul used the word “love,” “loved,” “lovest,” or “charity” a total of 104 different times in 98 different verses. It was Paul who wrote the “love chapter” [1 Corinthians 13], where we are basically told that without “love” (charity) we are, and have nothing. According to Paul, it doesn’t matter what we know, what we have, or what we do, without love it is of no eternal value. In his letter to the church at Ephesus, Paul uses the word “love,” “loved,” or “lovest” 14 different times.
When love is dealt with in the New Testament, we find it referring to (1) God’s love for us, (2) our love for God, (3) our love for one another, (4) our love for a lost and dying world, and even (5) our love for our enemies.
Regrettably, we often find it hard enough to “like” one another, let alone love one another, as Christ has loved us. Yet, it is this love that is the distinguishing mark of a true disciple of Jesus Christ [John 13:34-35; 15:12, 17]!
In the passages above, from Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus, we find Paul admonishing the church at to “walk worthy of the vocation” in which they were called. How do they do that? Paul writes that they must walk in lowliness (humility), meekness, long-suffering, and endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit. Oh yes, and one more thing, they need to forbear or be patient with one another, and walk in love.
If we are going to walk worthy of Christ and His calling on our life, we are going to have to walk in love. We are going to have to love God, love one another, and love a world that is lost without Christ. Yes, even those who would call themselves our enemies [Matthew 5:44]!
There’s just no getting around it!