Ephesians 5: 1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; Vs 2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.
Therefore, the believer is to follow (that is, act exactly like) God.
Our example of LOVE; FORGIVENESS is the Father!
He had explained this earlier in context (Ephesians 4: 31-32) Ephesians 4: 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: Vs 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Notice, in the two instances, the example that we have is the Father, who forgave us for Christ’s sake (sacrifice) and Christ who loved us by giving himself (as sacrifice) for us.
Thus, the believer must firstly understand the love of God demonstrated in Christ’s sacrifice.
When he comes into the realization of who he is (his nature), then, walking in love becomes exhibiting his nature and not rules and regulations.
Just as God in Christ loved us, the believer can also display the same character of love towards others.
Knowledge is very important in the believer’s love walk.
We cannot separate a believer’s conduct from what he knows.
Hence, the reason why the love walk of some believers is not efficient is because they do not feed on this truth.
They act like the believers Paul scolded in his letter to the Church at Corinth.
1st Corinthians 3: 3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
In other words, whatever you feed your mind on will eventually determine your conduct.
Thus, the believer ought to sufficiently feed his / her mind on the written word.
Recall that Paul instructed believers to renew their mind in his letter to the Church at Rome.
Romans 12: 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
In other words, before salvation, there was a lifestyle (Ephesians 2: 1-3, Ephesians 4: 17), usually a function of influence received from the world.
Those influences should not be at the forefront after a man has believed the gospel (is saved).
That system of living should not inform our actions anymore.
Ephesians 4: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; Vs 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; Vs 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
At salvation, the believer’s discernment has changed, same as the source of influence.
So, the walk is from the mind; the thinking pattern. God’s word is a re-education of the believer’s entire set of ideals.
Hence, the reason for Paul’s prayer in Philippians 1: 9.
Philippians 1: 9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; Vs 10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
The love walk is the only antidote to offence( s).
The love walk therefore is a choice we must make.
The knowledge of God’s word is what strengthens this choice, it reveals to us the reality of who we are in Christ, and consequently enables us to naturally walk in our nature / in love / in the Spirit / in honour.