Love Walk

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Today's reading: Ephesians 5:1-21

Paul calls all believers to be imitators of God and to walk in love as Christ loved us (Ephesians 5:1-2). He then, true to form, turns to describing and providing instruction about what walking in love means and how it should manifest itself in our lives. Here are some of the things that stood out to me about what walking in love should look like in my life. Walking in love means being:

  • Moral, upright and good
  • Thankful
  • Wise with words and actions
  • Pleasing to God
  • Careful
  • Efficient with time
  • Praise filled
  • Willing to put the interests of others first

What about walking in love stood out to you most from this passage, and why? Who do you know that exhibits walking in love well? How can/will you walk well this week as you're: at the grocery store, in class, in line at the DMV, at a school event, in the break room at work and with your family? Be specific! Tami

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Tami,

I was stopped by vs.#2:"And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."

I was literally moved to tears that Jesus' was literally a sacrifice love and that it was so pleasing His Father, God as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. That is God's love and He wants us to imitate Him not that we could ever atone for our sins, only Jesus could do it. He is holy.

Your list is a good one and was very complete in what Paul has presented
here in Eph.5

I want to share more on this thought after I read the following:
From Bob Deffinbaugh on Bible.org:
Christ’s death on the cross of Calvary is a two-fold sacrifice. It is a sacrifice for sinners. In love, Christ died on Calvary for our sins. He sacrificed Himself for us, for our benefit. Second, Christ’s death on Calvary was a sacrifice prompted by love for the Father. His sacrifice was “a fragrant aroma,”89 one that gave the Father pleasure.

Our love is to be sacrificial, not self-serving. Christian love does not seek its own gratification, but the good of another. Christian love seeks to do good to another at its own expense. More than this, Christian love is expressed by acts of sacrifice to God. Christian love not only imitates God, it seeks to please Him by sacrificially serving others. This is why the Apostle Paul speaks of Christian service as the surrender and service of our bodies as a living sacrifice:
89} See Genesis 8:21; Exodus 29:18, 25, 41; Leviticus 1:9, 13, 17; 2 Corinthians 2:14-16; Philippians 4:18.

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