Walk in love: Our best defense

ephesians-5-1-2Taken from Ephesians 5:1-2 in the Classic Amplified Bible, the Verse of the Day for January 7, 2017, offers this exhortation:

Therefore be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father].

2 and walk continually in love [that is, value one another—practice empathy and compassion, unselfishly seeking the best for others], just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God [slain for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.

This passage exhorts believers to “walk continually in love . . . just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us.” We should follow Christ’s example, in the same way that “well-beloved children [imitate their father].

For a number of years, I worked in children’s ministry, teaching the Bible and instilling Christian values. Often I would use songs to facilitate memorizing scriptures while reinforcing principles of Godly living. One such scripture memory song encouraged us to walk in love with these lyrics:

Don’t bite the bait,
Don’t take offense.
Walk in the love of Jesus Christ
It’s your best defense.

And let the peace of God rule in your heart,
To which you are called in one body
And be thankful and be thankful.

Don’t bite the bait,
Don’t take offense.
Walk in the love of Jesus Christ
It’s your best defense.

The following poem uses the first stanza as an introduction to reinforce this message:

Walk in Love: Our Best Defense

Don’t bite the bait,
Don’t take offense.
Walk in the love of Jesus Christ
It’s your best defense.

Scripture Memory Song

Always attacking, the Accuser stalks his prey,
Relentlessly maligning God’s children, night and day.
Fiery darts of wicked words hurled in endless assaults
Deflect his evil deeds to magnify our faults.
He sets the traps, lures of the Spirit of Offense.
To counteract, we walk in love, our best defense.
He tries to trip us up, to be a stumbling block,
But we are ever vigilant around the clock.
Although we strive to reach the highest good,
Our motives are questioned; we are misunderstood.
Despite life’s challenges, we seek to rise above.
Though deeply wounded when betrayed, we still walk in love.
The thief comes to offend, falsely accuse, and betray,
But we conquer through Christ, each time we trust and obey.

Elevation Worship offers “Walk in Love” inspired by Ephesians 5:1-2 and other verses:

Advertisements

Tags: ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: