Love Walks in Shoe Leather

by J. Vernon McGee

"And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, that, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it."(2 John 6).

What is love? It is to walk after His commandments. The Lord said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). This is another way of saying the same thing. The lord's commandments are more than the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments are basic to government and basic to civilization, but the Christian is called to a higher plane where he is to produce in his life the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, etc. J. Vernon McGeeIf these things are in us and abide in us, you and I are walking after His commandments. If they are not in us, we are not walking after His commandments.

"And in this is love." Let me say it again: Love is not made in the parlor-it is made in the kitchen. Love is not made in the bedroom-it is made out there in the laundry room. Does she wash his clothes? Does he support his family? That is the way you express love in the family, and that is the way you express love in the church-in your concern and your help for others. You cannot say that you are loving someone unless you have a concern for him, especially a concern for his spiritual welfare.

"And this is love, that we walk after his commandments." Now this is getting right down into shoe leather. This is getting right down where the rubber meets the road. This is sidewalk salvation. It is that which can walk down the street. You must recall that men like John and Paul were writing to people who lived in the Roman world. In Paul's day the emperor was "bloody Nero." John saw one emperor after another rise who persecuted the Christians. Beginning with Titus, the Roman general who destroyed Jerusalem in a.d. 70, the persecution was severe. The Roman world was a brutal world, a cruel world, a world that was pagan to the core. An yet here were men and women who were walking down Roman roads, living in pagan cities, and they were walking after His commandments. They were translating the gospel into life. This is the thing that is desperately needed in our day.

"This is the commandment, that, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it." In other words, John is saying, "This thing is not to be put on ice. It is not something to be stored on the shelf. You have heard it from the beginning. The Lord Jesus taught this. Now let's get busy and walk in it. Let's manifest love to those outside."

Excerpt from Edited Messages on 2 and 3 John and Jude