While t-shirts and mugs have co-opted the phrase ‘walk in love’, it is more than a quaint slogan
or church-friendly motto. The apostle Paul penned the phrase while writing Ephesians 5:2 “And
walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to
God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”

The word walk in the Greek language, peripateite, is defined as to go, walk about, or be occupied
with. In Hebrew, it means to live. In other words, this verse exhorts Christians to be motivated by
and focused on love. A study of other scriptures helps us gain even greater clarity.
To walk in love is to have a Biblical mindset—one focused on obeying God by following the
example of Christ, willingly giving ourselves each day to Him and those in our sphere of
influence. This is a faith that must be exercised and lived out.
While Paul’s words may seem old-fashioned, God is concerned about the content and focus of
our hearts. Widening the aperture to examine sin (darkness) along with what might be called the
acts of walking in love provides a framework for developing a strategy. A way of living. An act of
obedient worship demonstrated in the day-to-day working out of faith.
Walking in love entails growing in intimacy with the lover of your soul and getting to know the
the heartbeat of the God who created you.

Unlike other personal relationships, though, our friendship with the Lord requires interaction
with other believers. “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of
some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” –
Hebrews 10:25

In the same way, walking in love means we will see the hurting, helpless, and hopeless. We will
rise up to rescue the lonely and lost. We will speak up for the voiceless and give generously to
those in need. As those who walk, or peripateite, may we be “occupied with” the people Jesus
places in our way.

FURTHER READING: Galatians 5:22-26

CONFESSION: Father, your word tells us that you are love. Teach us to walk in love, giving our
lives willingly for others so that they might see Christ in us.