"Be imitators of God,
therefore, as dearly loved children; and live a life of love, just as Christ
loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to
Christian knows that the action of God in salvation is predicated, not on the
inherent merit of that person, but upon the unmerited love, grace, mercy, and
favor of God. We are sunk without the love of God.
love of God is not a sentimentalism, neither is it romanticism. The agape love of God is based on decision.
It's a decision to be primarily concerned with the of the beloved
regardless of their condition, irrespective of their reaction.
are to live a life of love modeled on the love of God to us.
is the challenge of the Christian lifestyle: to live a life of love that is
modeled on the love of God to us. Human love tends to love the lovely, the
loving, and lovable. Divine love loves the unloving, the unlovable, the
unlovely. There's the difference.
believe this. Because they believe this, they take seriously this tremendous
challenge: "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children; and
live a life of love" This is a sacrificial lifestyle, and it is deeply
pleasing to God.
Calvin said, "If a preacher is not first preaching to himself, better that
he falls on the steps of the pulpit and breaks his neck than preaches that
wouldn't dare get up here and say, "Okay, folks, be imitators of God as
dearly loved children and live a life of love," without hearing those
words resonate deep in my own heart and thinking, Briscoe, there needs to be a deeper work of grace in your life. I
suspect people like me may be sitting in the pews today.
embrace what the Bible teaches ...
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