“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.”
Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV
Just as children imitate their parents, we should follow God’s example by imitating Christ. His great love for us led him to sacrifice himself so that we might live. Our love for others should be of the same kind—a love that goes beyond affection to self-sacrificing service. (Tyndale Study Bible)
Right, there is the challenge. It’s not as easy as what it looks. I have two comments.
It is tough to emulate something that you can’t see and touch. The commentator denotes this; we imitate our parents and peers. We copy those closest to us. We make a decision to be born again. Who do we emulate? Christianity is based on Faith. Nothing we can touch. However, there are a couple of things we can do. Surround ourselves with other believers, attend Church and Home cell. Secondly stay in the Word of God. These things will give you enough information to guide and mould you to be as the scripture says. You can’t follow God’s example without practising the teachings from the Bible and it principles. You are not going to grow up spiritually immediately. You can’t learn what is written all at once. More of the Word then more of God in you.
The second observation is, God so loved the world that he gave only Son to die for our sins. “So that we might live.” When you accept Jesus as your personal saviour, you receive eternal life. Jesus gave up his life so that we live. As the commentator says we should sacrifice as well. As we emulate Jesus, what is our sacrifice of love going to be? Like Jesus touched our lives, what are we going to do to affect others lives? A token of unconditional love.
The single theme here at the end of the day is unconditional Love. What am I going to do to show unconditional love? Yes, it has been said before, Love is an action.
These words come to mind, Holy Humble and Pure.
“Lord, I thank you for the opportunity to be like you. All the Glory to You. Amen.”