TRUTH: How to Walk: In the Way of Love


In the post TRUTH: How to Put on Your New Self II, we listed the attributes that were reflective of the new self from Ephesians 4. They were the things that we were to do or not do. Now, as we transition to the next portion of text in Ephesians 5, we see Paul transitions from the “what” to the “be” to reveal the TRUTH: How to Walk: In the Way of Love

Ephesians 5

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

We are called to follow God’s example. Who or what was God’s example? In talking the the Father, Jesus said, “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” John 17:18 In Matthew 16:24, Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Now Peter, one of the 12, said, “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” 1 Peter 2:21 TRUTH: How to Walk: In the Way of Love

We see the Father, the Son and one of the 12 agree that Jesus Christ is God’s example. Consequently, as followers of Christ, we are to imitate or follow Christ’s example. This is what Paul is reiterating. Remember, walk regards the way we live our lives. Paul tells the Ephesians to “walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Our lives, out of reverence and allegiance to Christ, should first be characterized by love.  This love is not merely an emotional attachment, but it is agapē which is affection, good will, love, benevolence, brotherly love. Moreover, it is a love that results in action on behalf of the object of the love which should be mankind. TRUTH: How to Walk: In the Way of Love

We see that lived out through Jesus’ example. Paul makes sure to point this out to us – “just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Love gives to the recipient at the giver’s expense. Jesus game himself up for us to God. It was His love for God that allowed Him to humble Himself to become incarnate, man, and to die on the cross for our sins. Who are we willing to die to ourselves for? Are we willing to die for another out of our love for God. Jesus did not regret loving Judas, Peter or any other because His ultimate purpose in giving of Himself was out of His love for God. That’s the TRUTH: How to Walk: In the Way of Love.

If you find yourself getting angry, regretting and/or feeling foolish for loving, perhaps you did not love out of your love for God for the welfare of that person alone. This could true for a spouse, a child, a parent, a sibling, a friend or a stranger. We are called to be sacrificing and benevolent to others out of our love for God. That reveals the TRUTH: How to Walk: In the Way of Love

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