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Being An Imitator of God – Loving Others
5/3/2017

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 5:2 (NKJV)

When we think about imitating God, we must first think about how much He loved us. God showed His love for us first by sending His only begotten Son to give His life for us to be the propitiation for our sins. We love Him because He first loved us. He reached down to us and He showed us how to love others as an example to follow. We are to love the Lord with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all of our strength (Deut. 6:5), and we do this practically as we lay our lives down for those whom He has placed within our lives (John 15:13).

We show our love for others and for God by abiding in Him, and by obeying His Word. We are imitating God in love when we share His Word with those He has placed within our life—this includes family, acquaintances and friends.

Love is not just a word describing a feeling; it is an action manifested in selflessness—it considers others more important. When we love others in this way, we will yield our personal desires to allow for theirs. This is how we can know if we have God living inside of us; we will have true love in our spirit and in our heart for others, wanting the best for them. This is our living testimony to others, as we imitate what God has already done for us.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to seek the Lord in prayer – asking Him to manifest His love within your life. Allow God to love others through you in a way you have never experienced before.

STUDY QUESTION: How does Ephesians 5:2 tell us to imitate God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you imitating God in a selfless loving way?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to abide in God, and in His Word. Allow the Holy Spirit to wash you in the Word, and empower you to love others in the same way Jesus loved.   

PRAYER: Father, thank You for showing me how to love others. Touch my heart this day Lord, and teach me to love others with Your heart. Let me see others as more important than myself. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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