Ephesians – Belief and Behavior
1-2 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, The Message)
How does God love us? He sent His One and Only Son, Jesus, to earth to save us, teach us how to love, then laid down His life for us so that those who believe can life forever with Him. He taught us to live a life of love and forgiveness by showing us exactly how to do that.
Why does God love us? He created us as His very own Masterpiece. When you create something that is “good” as God said so many times as He created, it is very valuable to the Creator. We are very good, but in need of a Savior, so God met that need magnificently.
Love like that. Treat everyone with value, respect, dignity with unconditional love, mercy, grace with quick forgiveness. The Creator only created masterpieces. It’s time we understand that and realize we are all His created.
Yes, Love like that.
Dear Heavenly Father,
May we dwell not on things of this world and it’s unbiblical view of thinking but dwell and abide in Your love. Help us to love like you love us. May we love like that. Transform me. Transform Your church. Transform the world.
In Jesus Name, Amen