Read Ephesians 4 through Ephesians 5:1-2
Paul writes in Ephesians 5:1 “Be imitators of God”. Let’s explore what that means by reading Ephesians 4 together.
Forgive as We are Forgiven
Walk worthy of our calling by being tenderhearted and forgiving towards one another. Always remembering God forgave us, therefore, we forgive others. We treat others better than they deserve because again that’s what God does to us. We don’t deserve His abundant supply of mercy and grace, do we? And yet, He generously pours it out on us. He calls us to do the same to others around us. We do our part to live at peace with others, getting along with all people to the best of our abilities. When we are wronged we don’t hold it against them, we don’t seek revenge but rather give space and time for God to work it out. God says vengeance is mine (Deuteronomy 32:35).
Sacrifice My Will
We consciously turn from our former conduct and put off the old man which grows corrupt according to deceitful lusts. We lay aside all things that hinder our walk, such as sin that easily ensnares us (Hebrews 12:1). We repent of our sins when we are made aware of them. We cast down every thought that exalts it self over God (2 Corinthians 10:5). We concentrate on being renewed in the Spirit of our mind, letting God’s word have its way (Romans 12:2), equipping us to put on the new man created after God in true righteousness and holiness.
Walk in Love
God is love, we walk in Him (1 John 4:8). If we abide in Him, He abides in us (1 John 4:16). First Corinthians 13:4-7 defines love as “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” So we speak the truth in love and are encouraged to do good without growing weary. Our God does not grow weary of doing good for us, therefore, we don’t grow weary either. Doing good also means knowing our purpose, using our gifts, talents and abilities to edify, encourage and build up others. Therefore, we redeem the time and make the most of every opportunity by walking in love.
So if we look to Jesus as our example we will seek the Father and his will in all things. We pray for strength to carry out His plan and purposes. We lay aside our will and ask to have the Father’s will be done. We will sacrifice our self for others as many times as is required until Christ returns to take us home. Jesus did not leave us without the power to accomplish all this. No, He left us His Spirit to guide us and empower us to do all God desires us to do.
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma (Ephesians 5:1-2).
Lord Jesus, thank you for your example to us. Thank you for your spirit to lead us and equip us for all God wants us to do. May be seek the Father and carry out His will in our generation. In your name we pray, Amen.
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