Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
The Amplified Bible puts it this way:
Therefore become imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]; 2 and walk continually in love [that is, value one another—practice empathy and compassion, unselfishly seeking the best for others], just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God [slain for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.
A previous blog entry included the following comments which have been revised and re-posted:
As believers we are to be imitators or mimics of God, our Father. In a similar manner to a young boy who wants to walk in his father’s shoes and wear his father’s hat, we are to be followers of God. Our lives are to be filled to overflowing with love. Our lives should be a reflection of the saying, “Like father, like son.”
This passage from Ephesians 5 also brings to mind 1 John 4:16, expressed in the Amplified Bible this way:
16 And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him.
In 1 John 4:8 we find an expression of who God is:
He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love.
For Christian believers nothing is more satisfying than to know that God is love and that God loves us. We can thus, follow Christ’s example as we offer our lives as sacrificial expression of our devotion to God.
Here is a poetic expression related to our discussion:
Walk in Love: Our Best Defense
Don’t bite the bait,
Don’t take offense.
Walk in the love of Jesus Christ
It’s your best defense.
Scripture Memory Song
Always attacking, the Accuser stalks his prey,
Relentless in maligning Saints, both night and day.
Fiery darts of wicked words hurled in endless assaults
Deflect his evil deeds to magnify our faults.
He sets the traps, lures of the Spirit of Offense.
To counteract, we walk in love, our best defense.
He tries to trip us up, to be a stumbling block,
But we are ever vigilant around the clock.
Although we strive to reach the highest good,
Our motives are questioned; we are misunderstood.
Despite life’s challenges, we seek to rise above.
Though deeply wounded when betrayed, we still walk in love.
The thief comes to offend, falsely accuse and betray,
But we conquer through Christ, each time we trust and obey.
The accompanying video illustrates what it is like to be “Imitators of God”