Created to Love
“Be imitators of God, and walk in love.” Ephesians 5:1-2 ♥
There are many scriptures written about love. Ephesians 5:12 speaks to the heart of those who understand what it means to walk in love, and be imitators of the One who created us to love one another.
God loved us enough to sacrifice His only Son. He demonstrated His love when Jesus left the comfort of heaven to become a man. Christ suffered tremendous pain. He did not deserve to hang on the cross, or die a horrible death. God sent Jesus to take the sins of the world and provide eternal life for those who believe in Him. He showed how to love God.
Jesus taught us to love one another. He set an example of how we are to live our lives with a heart of compassion and awareness of the needs of those around us. He shared love with those who had never been loved by others, and changed the hearts of those who found strength through the power of God’s grace.
Often, we are taught to take care of “number one”. We become absorbed in ourselves and forget there are those who need to discover the caring heart of a Father who loves His children. We involve ourselves in daily routines and miss opportunities to share God’s love with those who need to be reminded they are valued by Him.
We must understand we are worthy of the love God has carefully placed in our hearts. When we allow Him to lead us by His will, God creates desire for us to find purpose as we walk with Him. He allows us to see others as He sees them, and gives us opportunities to show we care.
How can we be imitators of God? We must first recognize He loves us, because God is love. We have been given a heart to glorify Him and show His love to others. God’s lasting love is meant to be shared. He will teach us how to embrace it. Then, we will lovingly pass it on when we have learned what it means to gratefully honor Him.
God is near and He loves YOU,
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