Who do You Try to Imitate?

President Calvin Coolidge invited some people from his hometown to dinner at the White House. Since they did not know how to behave at such an occasion, they thought the best policy would be just to do what the President did. The time came for serving coffee. The President p … More

Imitator

Paul continues his discussion on the conduct of believers. He says that each Christian should be an imitator of God because he is a child of God (v. 1). Just as children imitate their parents, so should a believer imitate God. This should begin by walking in Christ-like love (v.2). Love is the Christians’ standard for daily conduct. As Christians we have the opportunity of imitating God by loving others, even to the point of death if necessary.

If we are going to walk in love we must abstain from evil practices (v. 3). He warns us against the sexual sins (fornications) which were so prevalent in that day and still are today. Then he lists covetousness which is only a different expression of the same basic sin which is an uncontrolled appetite. People who have sinful appetites usually also have sinful speech. Warren Wiersbe says, “two indications of a person’s character are what makes him laugh and what makes him weep.” This means conversation that is offensive to Christian decency and makes light of sin. The gift of wit is a blessing but attached to a sinful mind it becomes a curse. Don’t use dirty or foolish or filthy words. Instead, say how thankful you are (v. 4).

At the time Paul was writing this there were false Christians who argued that believers could live in sin and get away with it. He makes it clear that people who deliberately live in sin will not share in God’s kingdom (v. 5). These warnings  deal with the habitual practice of sin and not a one time act such as David. Don’t let anyone trick you with foolish talk (v. 6). God punishes everyone who disobeys him and says foolish things. So don’t have anything to do with anyone like that (v. 7).

Application

On a scale of 1 to 10 how do I rate myself as to being an imitator of Christ by loving others?

 

Ephesians 5:1-7 (English Standard Version)

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them....

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