Welcome to DAY 21 of our online Bible study on Ephesians!
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Read: Ephesians 5:1-5
As a young boy, our son always wanted to reflect the image of his father. Oftentimes he would even come out dressed in his dad’s shirts, shoes, and ties. And so many times I noticed them, father and son, sitting in the same position or walking side by side, as if they were one and the same.
This beautiful exchange moves me to tears because our son came into our life through adoption, yet he is still bears the image of his father.
Through the gift of choosing to love someone else’s baby, everyone in our family has been transformed by the grace of our Father.
And as believers, we are called to do be imitators of our Father’s love.
“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are His dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered Himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2 NLT)
God’s love is the polar opposite of this world’s love.
The world’s love seeks what it can get and God’s love seeks what it can give. The world’s love is focused on self while God’s love is focused on others. But we cannot muster this kind of love up on our own. It’s not a natural love, but the supernatural love of God.
As God’s beloved children, we are called and equipped to be imitators of His love by living daily in the light of His great love for us. Why? So that others might see and know that they have the opportunity to receive it also.
As I have witnessed in my own home, children imitate their parents. It’s a real reminder that as a believer I am called to imitate Christ — even in my own imperfect way. How can I not strive to do this daily? Jesus’ great love for us led Him to the cross so that we might live.
I want my love for others to reflect that same kind of love. A love that goes beyond self-seeking and is moved to self-sacrificing.
God’s love compels us to reflect His goodness and grace and live in a way that is holy and pleasing in His sight.
~ Diving Deeper ~
What are some ways we can imitate God’s love today?