In the book Ephesians, we are called to be imitators of Christ. We are called to walk, live in, and operate in love just as Christ taught us. No matter people’s opinions towards us, we are called to love them. In a world that is filled with division and hate, we are called to be imitators of the selfless love of God.
This may seem like a difficult task – and it is. When people try to bring us down, our instinct is to retaliate and do the same. Before we can operate in love effectively, we have to recognize our personal value in Christ. As a child of God, we have the Holy Spirit on the inside of us – we are no longer confined to our sinful nature, and we can pursue a life of holiness through Christ’s sacrifice.
Once we realize this, we’ll be less affected by the words and opinions of others. No matter what they say or do to us, we will look at them as a creation of the Lord and love them. This is a lifelong process – it will not happen overnight. But with the love of God inside of us, it is possible.
In closing, to be an imitator of God is no small task. It is a long process that we will need to continually depend on God for. Without His help, we have no hope for personal change. Only with Him can we change our hearts to live in love just as Christ displayed through His life.
Dr. Derek Grier