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Walk in love, as Christ also loved us

January 7, 2019

Taken from Ephesians 5:1-2, the Verse of the Day for January 7, 2019, offers this exhortation from the New American Bible—Revised Edition:

So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma…

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

Therefore be 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.

The Verse of the Day speaks of being followers or imitators of God and provides a notable example of such a faithful follower, as displayed in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, the ultimate illustration of “Like father, like son.”
This passage from Ephesians 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 another expression related to our discussion of walking in love:

Also

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us,
and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice
to God for a sweet-smelling savor

Ephesians 5:2

We must exercise authority and know who we are.
We must then walk in the fullness of that authority
We must also recognize that our hands were made to war,
As we demonstrate the power within that all might see.

We must walk in love, for love is the more excellent way.
We know love alone is the standard by which we measure.
We seek to please God and pour love upon all we do and say.
We must love as Christ loved, for love is a priceless treasure.

We also learn that our lives should reflect our stewardship.
We know each steward shall be called to give a full account,
God, our Father, evaluates our life-long fellowship,
And assesses our service and then totals the amount.

Even more than sacrifice, God seeks our obedience,
As we too seek to fulfill the Father’s deepest desire.
We learn that to obey is the highest form of reverence:
To be like Christ is the model toward which we all aspire.

Once more God tempers authority with love; this we know:
As dear children, we learn to steward and obey also.

Elevation Worship offers “Walk in Love” inspired by Ephesians 5:1-2 and other verses:

 

Be imitators of God and walk in love

September 17, 2017

Ephesians 5--1-2

Revised and re-posted, the Verse of the Day for September 7, 2017, offers this exhortation found in Ephesians 5:1 which is complete by adding verse 2:

Ephesians 5:1-2 (AMP):

Therefore be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father].

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.

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.

The passage from Ephesians also brings to mind this poetic reminder:

In the footsteps of our faithful fathers 

Follow the steps of good men instead,

and stay on the paths of the righteous.

Proverbs 2:20

 

We still walk the paths of the righteous, chosen ones,

In the footsteps of our faithful fathers, as sons

Who must follow their lead that we might know the way,

Acknowledging God in all that we do and say.

We have not been here, for each step is strange and new.

Moving ahead, our eyes are now only on You.

As we continue to pursue the paths of truth,

We see Your guiding hand has been there since our youth.

Former days intertwined in confusion and strife,

In darkened, dead-end pathways, all bearing no life.

Along our journey we have known Your grace before,

Assured that Your favor will abound even more.

We are strengthen and encouraged in this new phase

And pledge to follow onward the rest of our days.

Elevation Worship offers “Walk in Love” inspired by Ephesians 5:1-2 and other verses:

Walk in love: Our best defense

January 7, 2017

ephesians-5-1-2Taken from Ephesians 5:1-2 in the Classic Amplified Bible, the Verse of the Day for January 7, 2017, offers this exhortation:

Therefore be 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.

This passage exhorts believers to “walk continually in love . . . just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us.” We should follow Christ’s example, in the same way that “well-beloved children [imitate their father].

For a number of years, I worked in children’s ministry, teaching the Bible and instilling Christian values. Often I would use songs to facilitate memorizing scriptures while reinforcing principles of Godly living. One such scripture memory song encouraged us to walk in love with these lyrics:

Don’t bite the bait,
Don’t take offense.
Walk in the love of Jesus Christ
It’s your best defense.

And let the peace of God rule in your heart,
To which you are called in one body
And be thankful and be thankful.

Don’t bite the bait,
Don’t take offense.
Walk in the love of Jesus Christ
It’s your best defense.

The following poem uses the first stanza as an introduction to reinforce this message:

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,
Relentlessly maligning God’s children, 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.

Elevation Worship offers “Walk in Love” inspired by Ephesians 5:1-2 and other verses:

Complete in Him, in Christ alone

July 16, 2016

Colossians-2--9-10

To remind believers of who we are in Christ Jesus, The Verse of the Day for July 16, 2016 makes this bold declaration:

Colossians 2:9-10 (AMP):

For in Him all the fullness of Deity (the Godhead) dwells in bodily form [completely expressing the divine essence of God]. And in Him you have been made complete [achieving spiritual stature through Christ], and He is the head over all rule and authority [of every angelic and earthly power].

This is how the New Living Testament renders the verse:

Colossians 2:9-10 (NLT)

For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.

To more fully understand our identity in Christ, let’s take a look at the preceding verses found in Colossians 2:6-10

And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. 10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.

God desires that we recognize that we are complete, that we lack nothing in our relationship with Him through Christ Jesus, our Lord.

James 1:3-4 (AMP) reveals God’s desire toward us:

Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.

The fullness of God abides or remains in Christ, and we abide or remain in Christ as those who are born again of His spirit. To express this reality the Greek preposition “en” is translated “in,” denoting “being or remaining within, with the primary idea of rest and continuance, also denoting continuance of time, relating to union and fellowship (E.W. Bullinger). The position of this particular preposition is conveyed as the center of a circle, a position that never changes but remains fixed. In a similar manner, our position in Christ never changes, despite what may transpire in our circumstances that constantly fluctuate.

As we have received Christ Jesus, the Lord, we are to walk in him, which is an aspect of renewing the mind, whereby we put off the old and put on the new. The culminating aspect of renewing the mind is to put on charity or to demonstrate or manifest or to put into action the love of God. The Word of God encourages us to

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:

The aim of evil deeds that 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 Verse of the Day and related scriptures remind us that we are complete in Christ, “In Christ Alone,” powerfully expressed in this song by Travis Cottrell:

Love your enemies

February 8, 2016

Matthew-5-44

Verse of the Day for February 8, 2016 comes from Matthew 5:43-45 (KJV):

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

This passage of scripture is taken from the “Sermon on the Mount,” which some scholars maintain is really the “Sermon on the Plain.” Part of that celebrated sermon includes exhortations as to how the followers of Jesus Christ should behave. The first part of Matthew 5 includes the “Beatitudes” which form a series of eight declarations that begin with the word “blessed.” Translated from the Greek word, makarios, “blessed” refers to a state of spiritual well-being and prosperity, expressing deep joy and fulfillment of the soul. The word has been translated, happy, fortunate, favored.

The following excerpt from a scripture memory song speaks of the introductory passage from Matthew 5 in this way:

The Beatitudes Are the “Be Attitudes”

The Beatitudes are the “Be Attitudes.”

They help us to see. They help us to be

All that God wants us to be.

We will be blessed and be a blessing in return

When we learn to follow the “Be Attitudes.”

Following this specific introduction, Jesus continues to instruct followers as to how they should behave, contrasting what has been previously considered as acceptable behavior with a new approach, a new attitude, that the Savior offers.

Instead of only loving those who are close to you, followers are to “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” As the children of God, believers are to conduct themselves in the same way that their Father does. Since God is no respecter of persons, and He “makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust,” followers should live their lives in the same manner.

A previous blog entry based on Ephesians 5:1 encouraged believers to be “followers of God” or imitators of their father and to walk in love as dear children. Indeed, to walk in love is the more excellent way. The following is an excerpt from that entry:

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

Ephesians 5:1-2:

Therefore become imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]; 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.

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.”

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 that also reminds us of how we should conduct our lives:

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

Reflect 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.

We close with this musical reminder urging us to “Love Your Enemies”:

Imitate God and walk in love

January 7, 2016

Ephesians-5--1-2Taken from Ephesians 5:1-2 (KJV), the Verse of the Day for January 7, 2016, offers this exhortation:

[Living in the Light] Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

Therefore be 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.

The idea of being followers or imitators of God is established in verse 1, and verse 2 provides a notable example of such a faithful follower, as displayed in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, the ultimate illustration of “Like father, like son.”

The passage from Ephesians also brought to mind something that had been written more than seven years ago:

In the Footsteps of Our Faithful Fathers

Follow the steps of good men instead,
and stay on the paths of the righteous.
Proverbs 2:20

We still walk the paths of the righteous, chosen ones,
In the footsteps of our faithful fathers, as sons
Who must follow their lead that we might know the way,
Acknowledging God in all that we do and say.
We have not been here, for each step is strange and new.
Moving ahead, our eyes are now only on You.
As we continue to pursue the paths of truth,
We see Your guiding hand has been there since our youth.
Former days intertwined in confusion and strife,
In darkened, dead-end pathways, all bearing no life.
Along our journey we have known Your grace before,
Assured that Your favor will abound even more.
We are strengthen and encouraged in this new phase
And pledge to press onward for the rest of our days.

Elevation Worship offers “Walk in Love” inspired by Ephesians 5:1-2 and other verses:

Be imitators of God: Like father, like son

January 7, 2015

Ephesians-5--1-2

Ephesians 5:1-2 (KJV) provide the Verse of the Day for January 7, 2015,

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savor.

The New Living Testament offers this rendering:

Ephesians 5:1-2:

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

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 familiar saying, “Like father, like son.”

This passage from Ephesians 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 of walking in love:

Also

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us,

and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice

to God for a sweet-smelling savor

Ephesians 5:2

 

We must exercise authority and know who we are.

We must then walk in the fullness of that authority

We must also recognize that our hands were made to war,

As we demonstrate the power within that all might see.

 

We must walk in love, for love is the more excellent way.

We know love alone is the standard by which we measure.

We seek to please God and pour love upon all we do and say.

We must love as Christ loved, for love is a priceless treasure.

 

We also learn that our lives should reflect our stewardship.

We know each steward shall be called to give a full account,

God, our Father, evaluates our life-long fellowship,

And assesses our service and then totals the amount.

 

Even more than sacrifice, God seeks our obedience,

As we too seek to fulfill the Father’s deepest desire.

We learn that to obey is the highest form of reverence:

To be like Christ is the model toward which we all aspire.

 

Once more God tempers authority with love; this we know:

As dear children, we learn to steward and obey also.

 

Integrity Music offers this scripture memory song for Ephesians 5:1-2:

Complete in Him to walk in love

July 16, 2014

Colossians-2--9-10

The Verse of the Day for July 16, 2014 reminds believers of who they are in Christ Jesus:

Colossians 2:9-10 KJV

For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

To more fully understand our identity in Christ, let’s take a look at the preceding verses found in Colossians 2:6-10

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

 

These verses tell us that as we have received Christ Jesus, the Lord, we are to walk in him, which is an aspect of renewing the mind, whereby we put off the old and put on the new. These lines reflect our prayer to God:

Open our ears to hear the Word that we might do it,

To put on the mind of Christ and learn to renew it.

Some of the principles involved in renewing the mind are revealed in

  The Key to the Renewed Mind

 

Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old                                                          

(unregenerate) self with its evil practices,

 And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self],                                                            

which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into                                                          

[fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] knowledge after                                                                  

the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it.

 Colossians 3:9-10

 

It has been said that the key to power is the renewed mind,

But what is the key to the renewed mind? God please show me,

For I seek to walk in power and excel and not be left behind,

As I strive to know levels of deepest intimacy.

With laser precision I target the old man nature

And put to death and mortify my members once for all.

I respond in obedience in answer to God’s call;

Not conformed, I transform myself, as new man, mature.

In the secret place of the Lord who ever inhabits

The praises of His people, here I desire to abide,

To put off the old man, vile, corrupt, wrapped in sinful pride

And put on the new man, as one changes garments, habits.

Above all I put on compassionate love from the start

And abide in my hiding place, filled with a grateful heart.

 

The culminating aspect of renewing the mind is to put on charity or to demonstrate or manifest or to put into action the love of God:

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:

The aim of evil deeds that 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

 

Listen to the Scripture Memory song by Jack Gilbert based on Colossians 2:6-7: