Monday, November 15, 2010

Walk in Love as Christ Loved Us

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1-2)

Excerpt from “Walking in Love: Imitators of God” - 2010-11-14
Jesus imitated God’s love by carrying a cross to Calvary so that we might know the forgiveness of our sins. His “walk in love” saved our souls. We are called to that same sacrificial “walk in love.” There is nothing that you or I can to do make God love us more; there is nothing we can do to make God love us less. His love is unconditional, impartial, everlasting, infinite, and perfect. If we are truly “imitators of God” our love with be the same. . . .

Not long ago I read part of a journal from a missionary who just returned from Africa. He writes the following: “She was lying on the ground. In her arms she held a tiny baby girl. As I put a cooked sweet potato into her outstretched hand, I wondered if she would live until morning. Her strength was almost gone, but her tired eyes acknowledged my gift. The sweet potato could help so little -- but it was all I had. Taking a bite she chewed it carefully. Then, placing her mouth over her baby's mouth, she forced the chewed up soft, warm food into the tiny infant’s throat. Although the mother was starving, she used the entire potato to keep her baby alive. Exhausted from her effort, she dropped her head on the ground and closed her eyes. In a few minutes the baby was asleep. I later learned that during the night the mother's heart stopped, but her little girl lived.” Jesus said: "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit" (John 12:24); "For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it" (Luke 9:24). . . .

Love is a costly thing. God, in His love for us "did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all” (Romans 8:32). Love is costly, and “in Christ” we are called to walk in that same love. That kind of love will cost you. It will cost us as parents and as sons and as daughters and as brothers and as sisters and friends. That kind of love will cost a pastor or an evangelist or missionary their lives. Pastors and evangelists and missionaries must often give up everything they have – even life itself - to make the Jesus known. Yet, that’s the kind of “walk in love” we are all called to. Jesus loves us and gave his life for us. If we truly love him, we will do the same.

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