In Ephesians 5:1 the apostle Paul called on the saints of Ephesus to "be imitators of God, as beloved children." The same thought is also found elsewhere in I Corinthians 11:1 where Paul says, "Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ." The subject matter in the context of these passages should be of special interest to each child of God since we are being called upon to become like the Father in heaven. In these passages Paul is talking about love, forgiveness and sacrifice. The nature of our Father in heaven is certainly full of these traits. It should be somewhat of a natural thing for God's children to strive to be like their Father. Jesus once said, "He who has seen Me has seen the Father..." (John 14:9), and the Hebrew writer said concerning Jesus, "He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature... (Hebrews 1:3). What we see in Jesus, is what is in the Father, and that which we are called upon to imitate.
We should all know and appreciate the fact that the Lord has demonstrated His love toward us, even in our unlovable state. He has through Christ made possible the complete forgiveness of all transgression against Him. The ultimate sacrifice of the life of Christ on the cross has made possible a way back to the Father in heaven.
Paul is saying, be like your Father in heaven. Love all men, forgive as you have been forgiven. Be willing to give, to make sacrifice so that others can be blessed. Some say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I'm sure the Father will be pleased.
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