Whose Example are you Following?

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Today we will begin looking at Ephesians 5 and learn how we are to follow the example of God.

Ephesians 5:1-2

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

We all imitate or follow the example of someone in one way or another. I can remember when my daughters were in middle school, ages 11-13, they wanted to be just like everyone else. They wanted to wear what everyone else was wearing, have the same hair style as their peers and do the same activities as their friends. Being like everyone else was paramount and to be different was to be ostracized. I can remember them spending a lot of time getting ready for school each morning to make sure they “looked” just right. 

I not only vividly remember this time in my daughters’ lives, I remember going through the same thing as a preteen myself. The tough question I have for us today is are we any different as adults? Don’t we still follow the example of others, especially others we like and respect and perhaps even envy? Regardless of how much we respect or look up to someone, they are human and fallible. They are not perfect and will likely let us down at one point or another.

The only perfect example for us to follow is that of our God. Paul new this and that is why he told the people to follow the example of God. When we follow God’s example we will be able to “walk in the way of love”. Remember God is love.

1 Johns 4:8

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

I can’t think of anything our world needs more than God’s unfailing love. His love incorporates grace and forgiveness. When we follow His example, His Holy Spirit empowers us and works in and through us to help us love others with the love we have received from Him. Whose example are you following? Would others describe you as an imitator of God? Do others experience God’s love from you?

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13 thoughts on “Whose Example are you Following?

  1. Dear Sis Shelly
    I have learned so much from your Bible study. May I print your posts out. I will bundle it to my collection?

    • Karina, I am so blessed to know you are benefitting from this study. Feel free to print out a copy for yourself. Take care!

  2. Great post! Every now and then we need to step back and look at who are we following. Sometimes we think we are following Christ but if we look closer it He is no where to be found because we are going our own way!

    • Greater Working Women Ministriy, you are so right! We often think we are following Christ only to find out that in reality we were following ourselves, our will, our plans and our own ways. A little stepping back and taking stock in who we are following is necessary. Blessings!

  3. This is a super post! So true, this world needs to see Jesus! Great question, do they see us as an imitator of Jesus? We should be. Thanks Shelly! 🙂

  4. Wonderful post Shelly. May we all only desire to imitate our Lord and Savior. This takes some soul searching and personal growth. May we be willing to make the changes necessary so that Christ is seen in us. Blessings!

    • Julie, thanks for the kind words. Following Christ isn’t easy because our flesh constantly fights against it. However, we aren’t left to follow Him on our own thanks to the indwelling of His Holy Spirit. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Reblogged this on Empowering Thought for Today and commented:
    Love this. As believers we like to follow the world instead of Christ and we are suppose to not be conformed to this world. Great post

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