Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are His dear children. – (Ephesians 5:1, NLT)
You are God’s dear children, so try to be like Him. – (Ephesians 5:1, ERV)
Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. – (Ephesians 5:1, MSG)
Imitation is a form of admiration. As small children, we imitated those whom we most appreciated and the traits and strengths most desired to be duplicated. Once a person comes to know Jesus, a more defined set of ideals come into our consciousness. He who loved with His life and lived without sin, is the ultimate example of whom we ought to aspire to imitate. Through seeing and experiencing His love first hand, we learn how to love as we are loved. May we ever seek to imitate God in all that we do, so that our every word and deed is done in love, according to His good and perfect will.
In all that we do,
Let’s imitate God;
The love that He gives,
To broken and flawed.
It is by His grace,
That we know He’s good;
It’s not what’s deserved,
Yet kindness withstood.
So let us go forth,
And love just like Him;
Imitate His grace,
Again and again.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You not only call us to imitate You as Your children, but You sent Your Son to show us the way and equip us to go forth to do as You do for us. Forgive us for attempting to imitate anyone other than You, as You alone are the only example that is free from all sin and without flaw. Teach us to look to Your example in all that we do, so that we may be tangible examples of Your goodness and love. Show us how to love as You love, so that all might see Your light that burns within us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek to imitate You in all that we do, so that others may come to know Your goodness and grace. Amen.
Shout aloud and sing for joy. – Isaiah 12:6