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Walking with Christ - 07/22/2013
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. - Eph 5:1-2 Sometimes we shorten the Gospel to make it simpler for people to understand and accept. The shortened Gospel looks like this: We're sinners. We need a savior. Jesus died to pay for our sins. If we trust in Christ, we can go to heaven. There is nothing wrong with shortening the gospel in this way, but I think we miss an important point that Paul touches on here. That is that we are God's children, and because of that, we should imitate God. You see, in the beginning, God made the heavens and the Earth. He made everything on the earth and said it was good. But when God made humans, he said, "let us make man in our image." and "male and female He created them" and God said it was VERY good. We were made to walk with God. We were made to reflect the majestic holiness of his image. The trouble is we all became sinners and Jesus had to die for our sins so that God could restore us to walk with Him and so He could look at us and say "VERY good" about us. So, the encouragement from Paul to walk with God focuses on four areas in Ephesians 5. 1. Walk in Love (verse 2)- since God loved us to the point of death, we are free to love others. The love of Christ is the kind of love that causes one to put himself to the side for the person he loves. It's a sacrificial love. It's the love of a father ...

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