Walk in Love

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1 “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.  2 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
 
Some people are really good at doing impressions of people.  Comedians have made a career of impersonating presidents or other celebrities. Students sometimes imitate their teachers or children their parents.  We can imitate bosses or others, sometimes to highlight humorous characteristics or traits.  It can all be done in good fun or can turn mean-spirited.
 
But to imitate God?  That’s an interesting charge!  It’s important, I think, that our call to imitate God mentions children and puts it in the context of love.  Young children are often amazing in their ability to be unhindered in showing love—they don’t know any better (think about how that sounds!) than to be loving and kind when that’s what they see.  Babies, children, and all of us are sinful and in need of God’s grace and forgiveness.  None of us can love perfectly or on our own.
 
But the passage reminds us that we are beloved children and because of that we can imitate our Heavenly Father.  “Christ loved us and gave himself up for us,” the passage tells us.  God started that relationship with each and every one of us—He loved us first and lets us learn how to love from Him.
 
The better we know someone, the better we can imitate them.  Surrounding ourselves with others who know and love God and getting to know Him better through His Word help us to show Christ’s love to all.  So, today, do your best impression of God and see who doesn’t smile as they see it!
 
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for reaching out to us in love, for adopting us to be Your own dear children in Baptism.  Help us be comforted in Your perfect love today and each day. Let Your love shine through us to be reflected to others You have placed in our lives and around us.  In the name of our dear Savior Jesus.  Amen.

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