“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2)
Paul, in his letter to the church in Ephesus, wanted to encourage and exhort the people there (as he would at all the churches he helped to plant). In this part of the letter, he wanted them to be “imitators of God”. In the verses just prior, Paul said to “be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”
To imitate God is to show grace and mercy. God has shown grace and mercy to us through His son Jesus. Jesus loved us so much that He gave His life as a sacrifice for us even though we did not deserve it. He loved us so that we wouldn’t have to remain in sin but that we could be forgiven of our sins and adopted as children into the family of God.
This week let us walk in love. Let us be imitators of God. Let us show grace and mercy to others. Let our words be spoken with truth in love. And let us share the good news of Christ to a world that needs to hear this good news.