1 Corinthians 13:8a (AMPC)
Have you ever been to a party or some event where when you arrived you realized that everyone else was dressed in a different style than you were? Maybe you thought it was a very casual event but you found out that everyone else was dressed up. It might be that no one told you what the right style of clothing was, or maybe some notice was given about what to wear and somehow you did not find out. No matter how it happens, it is always a bit uncomfortable to find out that what you are wearing, or even what you are doing or saying, does not fit in and is not appropriate.
Not wearing the right type of clothing can be uncomfortable, but it is not the end of the world, acting inappropriately or saying something that is out of line is another thing all together. Unfortunately, there is not one perfect set of clothes you can wear that will always fit in and be appropriate, but there is a way that we can be sure that what we do and say will be appropriate in every situation, that is by walking in the love of God. In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul talks about the love of God and he shows us what it looks like by giving us a clear definition of what love is and how we can and should act to display God's love to everyone, in every situation.
If we learn to walk in love by following the guidelines given in the Bible, and by looking for ways to do things that will help and build up others, then we will always say and do the right things at the right time. No matter what the circumstance, walking in love is always appropriate, the love of God fits and works in every situation. And the good news is that as Christians we can walk in love because the love of God is in us (Romans 5:5). By walking in the love of God and allowing it to be what motivates us, we can be assured that what we say and do will always be good, right, and appropriate.