Imitate Love

In order to think like God, talk like God, and act like God, we must first have a revelation of who God is. This might seem rather daunting, but I want to make it easy for you. Read the following verse, as it is the simplest definition of who He is: “God is love” (1 John 4:8, NKJV). And as if one time wasn’t enough, John reiterates this truth eight verses later: “God is love” (vs. 16).

So if you take this definition of God and plug it into Ephesians 5:1, it reads like this: Imitate love, therefore, in everything you do. 1 Corinthians 16:14 further drives home the point: “Do everything in love” (NIV). In other words, you can’t look any more like God than when you are loving people.

1 Corinthians 13 is widely known as the love chapter. Verses four through eight, in particular, emphasize several of love’s qualities. And since God is love, these five verses also paint a perfect picture of who He is and what He does. The passage could very well read like this:

God is patient; God is kind. He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud. He does not dishonor others, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. God never fails.

In short, if you want to represent God well, be patient with those who irritate you and kind to the unthankful. Celebrate those who get what you believe for, and remain humble when everything is going well. Always treat others with honor, and look out for their best interest. Let go of anger instead of giving into it, and be quick to give your offenders a fresh start. Praise what is right, and always protect, trust, hope in, and contend for the truth. If you purpose to live this way, failure will not be an option.

I don’t know about you, but the paragraph you just read didn’t do anything for me except reveal how far I have to go before I even begin to resemble God. I am not love a lot of the time, as I’m sure you can relate, but love is who we should be becoming.

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