Herb MontgomeryEphesians 5:1-2: “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant> aroma.”
In 1 Peter 4:7, the Apostle Peter admonishes us to “above all” (which means “above everything else”), LOVE. I would like you to consider, also, the word’s of Payl in his letter to the Ephesians.
According to Paul’s missive, we are invited to be “imitators of God.” Just stop and think about that for a minute. What does that mean? This might possible be the most relevant “lifestyle” question that a Christian can ask! When correctly comprehended, we are truly only asked one thing of God, and that is to be an imitator of Him. He has shown us how, which we will get to in a minute. First, consider what it looks like to be an imitator of God. Paul’s reply is in the statement, “live the life of love” (verse 2, NIV). That is it! It is an invitation to live a life of LOVE! It means being loved by God and responding by allowing that love to awaken our love for Him and those we come in contact with.
love is kind
and is not jealous;
love does not brag
and is not arrogant,
does not act unbecomingly;
it does not seek its own,
is not provoked,
does not take into account a wrong suffered,
does not rejoice in unrighteousness,
but rejoices with the truth;
bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.
(1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
A word of warning: We CANNOT live like this by simply trying to do so. You cannot love by trying to love. What is needed is heartfelt, dynamic encounter with His love for you. His love for us is the compelling force (2 Corinthians 5:14-15). We will only love, because His love for us has first awakened love in us (1 John 4:19).
Would you, dear reader, like this kind of love? We are invited to be imitators of the greatest Lover in the Universe. How? By simply allowing oneselft to be loved by Him and letting His life-changing love accomplish all the rest.
In the words of Peter (1 Peter 4:7), My wish for you is, in the response to the light of His magnificent love for you, may your love for one another be “intense.”