Who Do You Imitate?

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Ephesians 5:1-2 MSG, “Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.

I think sometimes in our pursuit of God, we forget that God is love. If we pursue Love, we are pursuing God. I John 4:7-10 says, “My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.”

So I present to you this fact; no love, no God. Know Love, know God. You can’t separate the two of them, they are one and the same and so should we be. When we invite Love to rule us, our motives change, our outlook changes, we are no longer seeing others with our own eyes, but through the eyes of Love. The only way to imitate someone, is to study them. As children, we watched our parents every move and imitated them. I am a product of my mother and father, whether I want to be or not. But when I watch God and study God, I automatically imitate Him. His nature becomes my nature, His heart, my heart. I don’t want what I used to want because now, I want what He wants.

The more I understand that I’m a spirit living in a body, the more my spirit imitates my Spirit Father, watching Him, listening to His heart, changing my attitude toward others, not allowing my flesh to take over, but ruling my flesh as was meant to be. It’s always going to be a battle until I allow my spirit to control my flesh. But the more I know Love, the more Love conquers all.

Father, I’m overwhelmed by You. I’m super overwhelmed by Your deep abiding love for me. I want to love like You. I want to be merciful like You. I want to allow that same life changing Love to affect others around me. As I learn of You and from You, may the things that fill me up overflow onto others and change them as well. It’s all about You. It’s all about being You on this earth. I lay down every weight that holds me back from accomplishing Your plans today. It’s in Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen

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