COLUMN: Can you keep up your daily walk with God?

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By George Smith

 Physical walking is one of the best exercises for our heart and lungs, but spiritual walking is very beneficial to our soul. “Enoch walked with God” (Genesis 5:22).

Moses raised the question to the Israelites, “What does the Lord require of you?” The answer was “to fear the Lord, to walk in all His ways, to love Him and to serve Him and to keep His commands.” All this was to be done, “with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deuteronomy 10:12-13).

Christians are to walk daily in obedience, love and in the truth (2 John 4-11).  Not every person who claims Christ as savior walks in obedience to him. Many people believe the truth, but not all of them obey the truth. 

John says, “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands” (2 John 6). Some pick and choose what they will obey as they would choose from a salad buffet. But John says love is walking in obedience to his commands.

We are to walk daily in love (2 John 6). What a big command. God’s word says that we must love others. There will always be people we do not like, but we are commanded to love people. We must demonstrate love as best we can toward people. Jesus summed up the commandments by saying we are to love God with all our being and our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40).

Finally, according to John we are to walk in truth (2 John 7-11). The truth of Christ is the truth of God. Jesus is still the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6).

It is easier to study the truth and even argue the truth than it is to practice it. 

John says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children live in the truth” (3 John 4).

Our walk and our life may not always be perfect, but as Christians we are to strive to believe right and live right. We are to live in obedience to our heavenly father demonstrating love to others and spreading the truth about Jesus.