“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 learn to walk in LOVE and imitate the One who created us to LOVE one another.
God loved us enough to sacrifice His only Son. He demonstrated LOVE when Jesus left the comfort of heaven to become a man. Christ suffered tremendous pain. He didn’t deserve to hang on a cross, or die a horrible death. God sent Him to take the sins of the world and provide eternal life for those who believe and trust.
Jesus taught how to faithfully LOVE. 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 not loved by others and mended wounded hearts. He continues to cradle us in care and renew our hearts for Him. And, He helps us learn how to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
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 show us how to embrace it. Then, we will be able to pass it on, when we have learned how to gratefully imitate Him.
Dear God, You arm us with everything we need to SHARE what is faithfully given to us. Open our hearts to recognize the need of others and humble us to remember why EVERYONE is deserving of Your amazing grace. Helps us LOVE as Christ loves us and allow us to always remember how very much we are loved by YOU. Amen
Happy Valentine’s Day! God is near and He loves YOU!