“Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.”-Ephesians 5:1-2 MSG
“Therefore become imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]; and walk continually in love [that is, value one another–practice empathy and compassion, unselfishly seeking the best for others], just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God [slain for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.”-EPHESIANS 5:1-2 AMP
As children of God we are called to love selflessly. We are called to put God first and others 2nd before the needs of ourself. When we look at the world, we see the opposite of what Christ has called us to be (Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.-Romans 12:2 NIV).
Yesterday, when I was flipped off by the older lady, I could’ve gotten road rage instead of praying for them to have a better day and laughing it off. When I was being yelled at by people at my job, I could’ve gotten angry and yelled back, but I didn’t because that’s not what Christ has called us to do. He calls us to be patient and love. If evil messes with us we are supposed to let them slap the other cheek too (“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.-Matthew 5:38-41)
Was it easy? NO. Not at all. Following Christ’s example takes practice (lots of practice on this end, I am a redhead). If you created a bad habit of putting yourself first over years or even months, it will take time to put your priorities in order. Be led by The Spirit instead of your flesh. Put God first. Study who Jesus was. If you don’t understand the selfless, forgiving, extravagant loving man he was, how are you supposed to love others like him?
Put away Netflix, social media, or whatever may be distracting you. Spend some time with God & learn to love & live like Jesus.
Thank-you God for giving me the patience and love to endure any situation I may encounter. May I learn to love as selflessly and recklessly as You. May I spread your love and word no matter where I go. May I speak life into darkness to show the goodness of your glory. Thank-you for being such a good father & providing me with such a beautiful example to follow. & Thank-you for placing those people in my life to speak your word & life into my darkest of situations. I would still be lost without you and your love. In Jesus name, Amen.