Be Imitators of God—Day 2

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Be Imitators of God—Day 2 Ephesians 5: 1, 2 “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” We begin today’s devotional picking up where we left off yesterday. The scripture says, “Therefore be imitators of God.” The Greek word for imitators is mimētēs, mim-ay-tace. The word means to copy the words or behavior of another. The word also speaks of one who impersonates characters. So, to be an imitator of God is to, with deliberate intention, seek to copy his words and his behavior. How do we mimic the ways or character of God without a behavior change? Have you ever observed someone make a pretense of godliness? One of the first things to notice is a pious display of mannerisms. Why is that? Perhaps it seems easier to...

Be Imitators of God

By on Jul 16, 2018 in Be Imitators of God | 0 comments

Be Imitators of God Ephesians 5: 1, 2 “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” There is a popular false notion embraced by many professing believers in Christ. This false belief is that the way I live has no bearing on my relationship with God. In other words, although they profess to believe in Christ, it is not reflected in how they live. It is saddening to see how subtly the enemy has crept into the lives of church people and convinced them that God is pleased with them despite their conduct. I have been blessed to have five children. Each one of my children are dear to me; and without reservation, my life is lived to please God and take care of my children. Nevertheless, their inappropriate behavior is never overlooked,...

A God of Wrath Who is Merciful—Day 5

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A God of Wrath Who is Merciful—Day 5 Psalms 103: 8-14 “Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.”  As we conclude this week’s devotional series, it is great to know that God does not deal with us as believers, according to our sins. Because of what took place on Calvary, our sin debt has already been addressed through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. David has done an excellent job painting this picture and showing us that our sins are so far removed from us. Therefore, we do not experience the complete wrath of God but His mercy. All of this because we are covered. Today in our selected devotional passage, David places before us the image of God as a compassionate father. Think about that for a moment, our God, who is all-powerful, all-knowing,...

A God of Wrath Who is Merciful—Day 4

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A God of Wrath Who is Merciful—Day 4 Psalms 103: 8-14 “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”  Having five children, I often find myself having to administer some form of discipline when my kids misbehave. While I am responsible for correcting my children, I have also learned how important it is to constantly remind them how much I love them in spite of their behavior. In the same manner, we must remember as children of God although we disappoint Him because of our sin, neither does He stop loving us nor is He quick to handle us. Often we are hard on ourselves because of our sins. The guilt brings shame and isolation. Well, great news! Not only does the Lord put space between our sin and His anger, but His love for us is...

A God of Wrath Who is Merciful—Day 3

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A God of Wrath Who is Merciful—Day 3 Psalms 103: 8-14 “He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.” We will often find ourselves in a position of needing the Lord to be merciful towards us.  It is an exciting thought to know God is both willing and able to forgive us and give us another chance to make things right. Let us consider this thought as we meditate on our devotional for today. Although we are guilty, God has not handled us in a way we deserve. Question: Where would any of us be if God handled us according to our sins? So, we are the guilty party and God has every right to be angry and dispense judgement on us. However, the devotional passage says, “He will not always strive with us,” this particular verse of our devotional uses legal...