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Walking Like Jesus

Ephesians 5: How to live a Christian life

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us[a] and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2 NLT

 

In Ephesians 5, Paul gives instructions on how to live a Christian life. Paul reminds us that Christ gave Himself to God as a sacrifice to atone for all our sins—past, present, and future. Therefore, we must live a life worthy of His sacrifice and calling. We cannot live like unbelievers while claiming to be the children of God. We must not only behave like Christ but also speak like Him.

 

These instructions serve as a guide on how to behave and live each day. Paul reminded us that, although we once lived in darkness, we are now children of the light who bear the fruit of goodness, righteousness, and truth because we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. (Eph. 5:9)

Whatever is done in the dark will not remain through the night. Nothing remains hidden; all that the light reveals turns into light. (Eph.5:6-13) We are to live wisely, not foolishly. We must spend time with the Lord if we are to know Him and His will in our lives.

Paul also reminded us to live a Spirit-filled life, to be thankful in all circumstances, and praise God for His love, goodness, mercy, and faithfulness. As Christ loves the Church, so too should husbands love their wives, and wives are to submit to their husbands as the head of the household. The Lord commands that children obey their parents. They are to respect their parents in order for everything to go well for them and they can enjoy a long life.

But most importantly, we are called to love one another just as God loves us. Can you imagine how different this world be like if we all lived as God called us to live? When we live out this biblical truth, we display the gospel for everyone to see. Paul reminds us that without the Holy Spirit, we are unable to live the life God has called us to live. The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to be like Jesus and to put others before ourselves.

Jesus is our example. He did the will of His Father. When we submit to our husbands and wives or children and parents, we are not doing it for them but, more importantly, for the Lord Himself. As you said, the Holy Spirit gives us the ability to be like Jesus. Our words, actions, and motives need to become more like Jesus.

Lord, thank you for your love, mercy, faithfulness, and grace. Thank you, Lord, for sending us the Holy Spirit who guides us and reminds us how to live a holy life worthy of Your calling. Lord, help me to keep my eyes on You and to love others as You love us. In Your precious name, I thank You and give You praise, amen!

 

I have often asked the Lord if writing is His calling in my life; after all, I'm a teacher, not a writer. Through the Book of Luke, in the New Testament, the Lord taught me that Luke had no idea that his study would ever impact our life. He wrote for the One, his friend, Theophilus. Yet, God used Luke, a doctor, to share the truth about Who Jesus was and why He came. So, why do I write? I write to share the truth of who Jesus is and what He has done in my life.

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