“Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children. And walk in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2
These verses serve as a guide on how to live out our daily lives as Christians. We are called to be imitators of God. It is impossible to imitate someone that you do not know. So how do you get to know someone? By studying and talking to the person you want to learn more about. The same concept applies when it comes to getting to know God. Prayer is our line of communication and the Bible is where we should turn for answers and increased knowledge. Doing this helps us to deepen our understanding of God and better learn how to follow His example in order to be accurate and effective imitators.
Walking in love is a continuation of imitation; Our love should imitate that of Christ. His love is a sacrificial, selfless, unending, lay down your life for another love. It looks much deeper than the cultural definition of “love,” that is most often used to describe a fondness for material things. Walking in love is a decision. It’s a daily choice to put aside our own selfish desires and place the needs of others above our own. And walking in love is hard. There are times when I don’t feel very loving or compassionate, but turning to scripture to see how Jesus loved the unlovable provides us with illustrations to motivate and encourage us to do the same.
This shirt is such a great reminder of the command given to us in Ephesians 5:1-2. As sinners, we don’t deserve the infinite love of Christ, but He poured it out abundantly over us through His sacrifice on the cross, the ultimate example of how we are called to love others.