Anyone remember the classic Bambi? It’s been several years since I saw it, but I will always remember this scene. Thumper said it best,“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all!”
One of the best ways we can learn to walk in love is to hold our tongues. Easy? No. Necessary for choosing a more excellent way? Always, yes!
The love walk of a believer goes hand in hand with a disciplined life. Most of us come to Christ, not to sign up for a course in personal development, but simply recognizing our need for Him. However, as our desire grows to really know Him, to fellowship with Him, and to see His will accomplished in our lives, He will gently tug on our hearts to shake off old habits. And anyone who has been saved a few years knows that it’s a process!
There is a low road and a high road. We are called up out of our fleshly ways and called to a more excellent way as we behold Him and let the process mold and shape us day by day.
A key to the love walk is first of all making the choice to walk in love, a decision which will impact every area of our lives and likely for generations to come. To get the process started, a key component is to develop self-control in thought, in word, and in action.
How does one develop in this area? First, in realizing that our thoughts are a choice we make. 2 Cor. 10:5 states, “Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” Every thought can be taken captive and compared to what the Word has to say.
Do you have anxiety? We are told to “Cast our care on him for he cares for us.”
Do you have fear? “God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.”
Do you have a need? “Ask, that your joy may be full.”
Finding the answer in the Word moves us from a “me” mentality to a faith and trust in God, and that always results in rest and peace. Walking in love in a household brings unity, peace, and a sense of security and safety to all who reside there!