Day 11

Walking in Love

from the 1, 2 & 3 John reading plan

2 John 1:1-13, John 8:31-32, 1 Corinthians 3:6-9

BY Lore Ferguson Wilbert

There is a foot of height between us, but I have learned to keep up, quicken my step, and match my stride to my husband’s. He ran Division 1 Track and Field for his university and, to this day, he can run a mile while I’m still changing into my sneakers.

But when we walk, we walk at a matched pace: he’s a little slower than normal and I’m a little faster. When he asks me to go for a walk, he does it because he loves me and he loves spending time with me. Walking at different paces—though more comfortable for each of us—would not be the loving thing to do.

I think of this today while reading the second letter of John. He speaks of walking in love (2 John 6) and then goes on to warn of those who walk ahead on their own, rather than abide in Christ’s teaching (v.9). I can think of times when I’ve lagged behind or gotten ahead and someone else has paid the price for it. I tend to assume other people view the gospel through the same lens I do, and then I forget to communicate both love and truth to someone whose path has strayed (Ephesians 4:15).

There have been times when I have not abided in Christ’s teachings because, deep down, I think I can somehow say it better or faster or smarter. Or I have lagged behind, not kept up with the deep and fervent truth of the gospel, and become lazy in my sin and relationships with others.

The flurry of day-to-day life here on earth can cause us to forget what’s real, true, and eternal. We forget and we wander off, distracted. No wonder the writer of Hebrews said, “Let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1–2). There is much to be said for the hard work of running the race toward Jesus, but here in his letter, John tells us to simply walk—to walk in love.

For me, it’s always easier to run ahead or lag behind, to grow distracted by what’s around me or impatient for what’s ahead of me. But John says, Beloved, walk. Match your pace to the One who loved you first and walk, one step in front of another, faithful in practice—not for a particular result, but simply to walk with your Father and enjoy His presence. This reminds me of Enoch, whose whole existence could be wrapped up with this line: he “walked faithfully with God; then he was no more because God took him away” (Genesis 5:24, NIV).

To walk in love is to match my stride to the love of God, the King of the universe, who put on flesh and became fully human to show us how to live (John 1:14; 1John 4:2). He slowed His pace to meet ours, to teach us how to run the race. In the end and by His grace, may our own lives echo these words: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2Timothy 4:7).

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83 thoughts on "Walking in Love"

  1. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I am reminded today that God walks with us. I love thinking of God walking with me through my day to day life. Through the ups and downs he is with us! Such a great reminder!

  2. Bonnie P Mills says:

    I have been scattered all day. Not focused at all. Hebrews 12:1-2 slapped my face..I also can relate to lagging behind. Step by step beside the Lord so I can Enjoy his presence.

  3. Jenny Lucas says:

    I love this reading today. It reminds me to slow down and not try to rush things, like I’ve been trying to do by rushing to find my person instead of just slowing down and trusting God. He wants us to trust Him and walk His pace and I am so grateful for that reminder.

  4. Amy Fowler says:

    Thank you, Lore. This speaks directly to my heart.

  5. DOROTHY says:

    Erin, I will be praying for you and all the other moms who have had there normal changed and now have to be with their children 24/7. My son is AD/HD (he is 32 now) and I can’t imagine have to be with him or two or more of him 24/7.

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  7. Delora says:

    Amen, and Blessed morning to all!

  8. Allison Bentley says:

    So yesterday my son was bitten by a large dog and I must share how “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”. Let me set the stage- last Friday was my son’s annual well check and like most people during this pandemic I questioned myself, got the opinions of others and even doubted my decision to take him but finally said- We will not live in fear; Gods got His hands over us. At the appointment my pediatrician noticed scratches on my son because he is all boy and plays rough climbing trees, running through the woods and called in a prescription for an antibiotic cream “ just in case”. Fast forward to Wednesday when the dog bite occurs and what did I just pick up earlier from the pharmacy? The antibiotic cream!! God knew what was going to happen on Wednesday which is why he prepared me on Friday!!! I just love how things work out because of God!! He is always working for us!!!

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