Growing up, it was not so much my toes that turned inward, but the whole foot. The toes just followed. At the time, my parents had small metal plates attached to the soles of my shoes, much like taps on tap shoes. The idea was that I would hear the tapping sound when I walked incorrectly. I am not sure that my walk resembled that of a pigeon but people always heard me coming!
Today’s verse is all about how we walk. We are told that we are to walk in obedience to His commands. We show the Lord that we love Him by obeying those commands (John 14:15). More than church attendance, praise and worship or prayer, our desire to follow what He says is an everyday concrete demonstration of our love for Him. Part of our obedience to Him is following His command to love others.
Walking in love for others does not have much to do with a sappy warm feeling. Love for others is rather a choice, a decision or a commitment to seek the best for them. It involves being patient and kind. Walking in love means keeping no record of wrongs. It shows itself in giving and forgiving. And this walk is a quiet and unassuming one.
When I walk incorrectly, I am making unwanted noise. That tapping is my ego getting in the way by looking for praise, recognition or thanks. Without a sincere love I am just making loud noises that serve no purpose, as in a “gong or clanging cymbal” (I Cor. 13:1).
Lord, help me walk in a sincere and quiet love for others.