Chapter 9, Walk in Love
Ephesians 5 tells us, “Be imitators of God.”How would one imitate God, look like God? What is the defining characteristic of God that would identify one as an imitator of God?
Reading on in Ephesians 5 there is the answer, “And walk in Love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us.”
Love is the identifying characteristic. Could this then be true then, that an absence of love is at the root of every sin that I commit?
Elyse says this in chapter 9 of Because He Loves Me “Every sin we commit, either by omission or commission, is a failure to love as we have been loved.”
“Covetousness is the belief that one hasn’t been fully loved in Christ”
These are words I have pondered for the past week.Unbelief that I have been fully loved produces covetousness. A failure to love as I have been loved means my love has been misdirected. My love has been focused wrongly, and my affections are given to an idol, leaving me empty, short tempered, self abosorbed.
What does it take to put on the love that identifies one as an imitator of God? Consistently I have found an answer in God’s Word.
Romans 1:21 ~…although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as Go, nor were thankful…
Giving thanks always for all things to God…Ephesians 5:20
Ephesians 5:4 ...but rather giving of thanks.