Faith depends on the past, hope looks to the future, and love resides in the present. That is why Paul commands us in today’s verse to walk in the way of love.
It is love that causes us to become Christ-like.
Becoming Christ-like is an ongoing process…a transformation that is always occurring in the present. When Paul says we are to walk in love, he means be active in love in the present. Therefore, love is not just an emotion…it is an emotion that should translate into action. And it is that emotion and subsequent action that slowly transforms us more into the image of Christ.
Our faith has saved us by God’s grace and our future hope brings us joy. But here in the present, we are called to live a life of love that progressively transforms us.
That means we weren’t immediately transformed into the image of Christ at the moment we were saved. It is ongoing…a process…that lasts throughout our lifetime.
It is a process in which we will experience setbacks and discouragement. But our discouragement should be tempered by hope and our weakness strengthened by faith as we daily attempt to walk in love.
And as Paul reminds us in 1 Cor. 13:8… love never fails.
As I seek to be a good steward of my time, please do me the favor of taking 30 seconds to write the word “yes” in a comment to this post.
Prayer: Lord equip me to walk in the way of love as You loved us and gave Yourself for us.