Focus: Ephesians 5:1-2 - KJV
1. Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2. And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
All through the ages, since man was created, God has always wanted man to be like Him which is why He created man in His image and likeness. God is Love. Hence, He created man to be love. Unfortunately, the knowledge of evil has overwhelmed the hearts of men that they really do not know how to love any more. God, despite the wickedness of man has always loved him and cared for him. Even in the most terrible circumstances of misbehavior, God had refused to hurt man but since He does not appreciate filth, anytime the filth became glaring, He moved aside and the enemy whom man prefers in such circumstance has opportunity to deal with man as he pleases, to the dislike of God who is Love. Nonetheless, that man may be restored to love, God came in the flesh in the person of Jesus Christ, to demonstrate to man what Love entails and how He had been bearing burden for man from the beginning, showing him love despite his waywardness. So, to demonstrate love, He laid down His life for us and enjoins us to do so for one another. But how can I lay down my life for my brother since Christ already paid for our sin once and for all? Christ is not asking you to shed your blood unless it is extremely necessary for your brother to live. When we spend our time, money etc. for a brother, we lay down our lives for same since time is money and also life. Most importantly, whatever you do to enhance the life and living of your neighbor in love is following the steps of God.
God wants us to be like Him indeed. He is very expectant that someday, most men will exhibit love particularly by laying down their lives for their neighbors. Are you careful to be like God in love? Why not look to people around you for whom life has not been pleasant and do something to assuage their situation. Show love to those who appear to be hurting you and pray for them that despitefully use you. This is what God does for us continually: loving us in spite of our wickedness.
SOLUTION: There are things Christ never did and will never do. Emulate Him by doing only the things He would do and abstain from what He would not do. Doing otherwise is to emulate the devil who lacks love. Love, love and love only. Never allow hatred cross your heart.
Father, just as you love me, please help me to love my neighbor as myself in Jesus’ name. Please make me be like you that I may, for the rest of my life, show greater love to my neighbors and everyone around me in Jesus’ name. I seek to be like you Lord, help me to accomplish this in no time in Jesus’ name. Go ahead, be like God. Love!