We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death (1 John 3:14).
The successful Christian life is a life lived in the spirit. That is, a life where the human spirit is allowed to control behavior. Walking in the spirit is allowing the humans spirit, filled with God’s nature to rule conduct. Walking in the spirit is allowing the Word supremacy in everything.
So many of God’s people allow their intellects, their emotions, and their bodies to control them, and the light within them is dim. The wise believer takes time to feed on the Word of God each day and spends time meditating in the Word so that the human spirit can become strong and vibrant.
Walking in love is one of the signposts on the road of the spirit ruled walk. A believer walking in the spirit will be ruled by the love of God. This love is unconditional and self-sacrificing. It loves others regardless of their actions and choices. This love is patient, kind, caring, honest, real, joy filled, hopeful, believing, and mannerly. This love causes a believer who walks in it to live above strife and petty differences. The love of God doesn’t pay attention to the wrongs committed against it, and will treat those who treat it offensively as though they had done no wrong! God’s love rules the believer that walks in the spirit.
Take time every day to meditate in 1 Corinthians 13, and to remind your intellect that love is to rule today. We’re to be clothed with love. When others see us, the first thing they should notice is an unselfish love that puts others first and is kind, winsome, and real.
If you’ll seek to be ruled by love today, you’ll be allowing your human spirit right of way. And the Father and Jesus will direct your steps through the Word. You’ll live above the strife, envy and self-centeredness that is so common. The light within you will overpower darkness!