When We Are Kind
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:3-7
Key Verse: Ephesians 5:1-2
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
As children we used our imagination to imitate different people that we liked or admired. Sometimes we would imitate our parents, for good or for bad. Sometimes we would imitate those we watched on TV. Our imitations were primitive, yet, many times, very accurate. Even as children we knew how to use the words we had heard spoken or the behaviors we had watched in those we were imitating. Many times, those looking on would laugh when they realized who we were imitating; they could recognize the imitation.
The apostle Paul tells us to imitate God. This sounds like a tall order. Our imitation is elementary and primitive at times. Yet, as we practice, others can start to recognize who we are imitating. The apostle had no illusions that anyone could perfectly imitate God. He did believe and teach that it was our responsibility to keep trying each and every day of our lives as Christ followers!
Our printed scripture adds the essential ingredient in our imitations: live a life of love! If we don’t have love as the main aspect of our behavior, no one will see God in us or guess that we are trying to imitate Him. In fact, too often the behavior of a Christ follower resembles the evil one rather than God. What a shame! Each of us must challenge ourselves to do a better job of imitating God!
Father, may my love and kindness look like your love and kindness. Help me to resemble what you would look like in my clothes. I ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.