Imitators of God

Ephesians 5:1-9

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
But fornication and impurity of any kind, or greed, must not even be mentioned among you, as is proper among saints. Entirely out of place is obscene, silly, and vulgar talk; but instead, let there be thanksgiving. Be sure of this, that no fornicator or impure person, or one who is greedy (that is, an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be associated with them. For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light— for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.”     (NRSV)

Another list! This time the author of Ephesians seems to go “from preachin’ to meddlin'” as they say.

The real essence of these lists in Ephesians is about personal integrity, honesty, respect, trustworthiness, commitment, compassion, and loyalty. These are the traits of unconditional love. So, this author’s point is, if you are a confessed follower of Jesus Christ, then embrace it, act like it, follow his lead in living your life. Don’t pretend, don’t give lip service to or go through the motions of being Christian. “Live as children of light— for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true!” Be Christian!

Or be committed to something or someone else. Just be honest about it. Don’t call it what isn’t. Call it what it is.

But, since you are children of light, be the light, a blessing, to someone today!


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