Christians be like

Re: Verse reading–Ephesians 4:17-32, 5:1-20 (day six)
“Be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also love you.” (5:1-2)  God.  Christians are called to be LIKE Him.  He loves, we love.  He forgives, we forgive.  He tells the truth, ditto us.  Paul’s word for this ethical principle is “imitate”.  The Greek word is mimetes (from which we get both mimic and mime).  Sound impossible to be LIKE God?  It is, if you mean God’s power or wisdom.  We can never be like Him in these qualities.  (Samuel Soape says that his Mother has “momniscience”, but I am not convinced).  We are, however, called to be LIKE the Father in love, in sacrificial commitment to their good.  What would  life be like if we followed this “golden” rule?  “As in heaven, so on earth”.  “You be holy, because I am.”  In what ways, today, could you shape your life after the character and kindness of God?

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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