Where are your feet right now? Love on that very spot. Repeat with every step. Two thousand years ago Paul of Tarsus wrote a letter to his friends in which he exhorted them to “Walk in love…” Paul’s letter was written in Ancient Greek. The Greek word Paul used for “Walk” is “peripateO.” It’s a verb which means, “to tread all around, to walk about.”
What Paul was telling his friends was to love wherever their feet are. Where are you right now? Love on that very spot. Wherever your feet are that’s where you love. That means love is color blind and transcends languages, borders, and cultures.
—What is love?
The Greek word for love is “agapE.” It’s a noun which means,
“A complex emotion arousing appreciation or delight in and desire for the presence of its object, as well as to please and promote its welfare. To be distinguished from affection…which is aroused by the qualities of its object, while love may go out to the utterly unworthy…to also be distinguished from passion between the sexes” (Greek Lexicon and Condordance).”
Paul gives us an example of what love looks like.
“Walk in love AS Christ LOVES you and GIVES HIMSELF for us…”
Love is defined by giving of yourself for others just as Christ gives Himself for us. LOVE IS DEFINED BY GIVING.
—-What does love look like?
Benjamin Franklin confessed,
“I believe in one God, Creator of the Universe…That he ought to be worshipped. That the most acceptable Service we can render to him, is doing Good to his other Children…”
Benjamin Franklin nailed it. The Jewish leaders in our Lord’s day debated over which commandment was the greatest. One of them put the question to Jesus:
35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy associate as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
The phrase in verse 39 “is like unto” is a translation of the Greek word “homoios,” which m
eans “similar in appearance or character.” The word denotes coincidence in kind or quality. Love for God, according to Christ, looks exactly like, in kind and quality, love for our associate.
—What is an “associate?”
What is an associate (commonly translated, “neighbor”)? The people we come into contact with. The Good Samaritan, inthe course of his business, came across a person in great need. The Good Samaritan “took care” of this person out of his own resources. Love is using your time and available resources to meet the needs of those you come into contact with. Do you know anyone who needs you? Are you paying attention?
Love wherever your feet are. Love is defined by giving. Love is never about convenience, there’s a cost involved.