“Our Walk” and “our life style,” (the way we live) defines us to others that we are a Christian. Another requirement is that we walk “in truth,” (a commandment from our Father in Heaven.) We can define “in truth” as being faithful, and sincere to The God of Heaven and His Son Jesus The Christ.
However, in our walk it must to be as He commands. In (v 6) He commands “that we walk after his commandments.” Jesus also states in:
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Therefore, our “walk” should always be as close as possible to what God wants for us. (Many Christians perceive this more as a suggestion from God.) But when we read and literally accept what has been stated, our “walk” is a command. There are NO suggestions, and there are no other interpretations or perceptions.
Our Walk is the definition of what we claim to be. Many who know us, (though they tell us not to judge them) will judge us in “Our Walk.” Bro D. L. Moody stated: “Out of one hundred men, one will read the Bible, the other ninety-nine will read the Christian.” As Christians, we are The Bible for so many. It is so important that “Our Talk” match “Our Walk.” “Our Walk” must match what God expects of us.
Part of that expectation is that “we love one another,” and in that love “keep my commandments.” In this “love [for] one another,” we are to be concerned about their souls. As a Christian, we are allowed to judge others’ sins, and counsel them concerning their involvement in sin. We are to “love” the individual (regardless of their sin.) However, we are NOT to “love” their sin. We may come across as being a self-righteous person, and/or with an angry attitude. This is why “Our Walk” is so important. Those we approach must see Jesus’ Love in us by our compassion and concern.
We must remember that there was a day that we were where they are now. “So, do you love Jesus? Do you keep His commandments?”