Today we will begin looking at Ephesians 5 and learn how we are to follow the example of God.
1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 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
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?