imitators of God
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“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love…” (v. 1,2)Imitating God seems simple enough when it is likened to a child imitating a parent. Think living together, eating meals together, being disciplined and taught to walk, talk and behave. Children watch their parents all day long and, effortlessly – for better or worse – grow up becoming more and more like the ones who gave them life.So, imitating God begins with knowing Him, living together, being disciplined, and taught to walk, talk and behave by Him.Scripture tells us that Christ came as a light to a dark world. And here, Paul reminds us to “walk as children of light” – be imitators of Christ. He gives us a list of things from which we should abstain, and encourages us to “discern what is pleasing to the Lord”.
Just like a child that wants to please his parent, our obedience to His instruction, and our repeated thanksgiving, come from a place of love and gratitude to our Father. We want to please Him!
How are you walking as a child of light?
Are you living under God’s roof, knowing him, being disciplined, taught to walk and talk and behave by Him? If not, how are you spending your time? Read verses 15 and 16 and ask God for discernment in this area.