That Much is Required!

Written June 10th 2007 – Sunday

Posted June 14th 2007 – Friday

That much is required!

Ephesians 5:1-2 New King James Version 1Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2And 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.

MAKE SPECIAL NOTE:OF THE WORD UNDERLINED AND IN ITALIC IN EACH TRANSLATION OF THIS VERSE.

Ephesians 5:1-2 King James Version with Greek Reference Numbers 1Be ye  therefore  followers  3402 of God, as  dear  children; 2And  2532 walk  4043  in  love,  26 as  Christ  also  hath loved  us,  and  hath given  3860 himself  for  us  an offering  and  a sacrifice  to God  for  a sweetsmelling  savour.

            These two verses may seem a bit grandiose to many of you. They however, were never intended to be such when they were penned by Paul by way of the Holy Spirit. Though today we seems so far removed from their denotation; they were and still are what Christ desires of His people. That being stated what are we really required to do via this mandate from Christ.

            We believe in the truth of Jesus, yet, are we a “Follower” of Christ’s? This if often a dilemma we face when we meet those calling themselves Christians. Do they live for Christ or just have and want fire insurance? Many call themselves Christians, whom I fear, will one day stand in astonishment before Jesus as He looks bewilderedly at them; not having any idea who they are.

     God ask us in the first verse to be imitators or followers of Himself. This request requires us to mimic, reproduce, and emulate God’s actions through the person of Jesus the Christ, when He walked the earth. We need to go after Jesus with such passion, that we are a devotee, to the point of being an impersonator of Christ. An impersonator in the way He acted, loved, worshipped, and served the Father.

     One specific thing we are ask to do in verse two is to “walk in love;” which by far has to be one of the hardest things to do daily. To “walk” as it is represented here is to tread around, especially as proof of our ability, for most all of our day, expelling ourselves and our desires and instead succumbing to Christ Will. We become a companion to Christ’s Will for our lives; a votary, of sorts. We are so occupied with what He wants. It becomes all about Him and little to do with us. When we reach that place in our “walk” then the loves pours forth.

     The love which should pour forth, found here in this verse, is the “agape” love. This type of love is the dearest form of love. It does not get much better than this. Romanic love fades; affectionate love can be battered and beaten out of existence. Agape love is based on a choice, on commitment, and on action. Therefore, it is not subject to the fickle nature of emotions. It is a form of affectionate commitment, toward benevolence and charitably. It prizes and hold dear all those whom it meets and encounters each day. Agape loves say, “I will act in a loving manner toward this person, regardless, of my thoughts, feelings, or desires to do otherwise. Agape is service to a bigger purpose. Agape love is a form of service to God.

     The greatest form of service to God ever exhibited is mentioned in the above verse. It cites Jesus’ wonderful act of service and agape love on our behalf; His death on the Cross. Because of His great love for us He was able to surrender Himself, and yield up His Will for that of the Fathers. He transmitted to the world His love, when He entrusted Himself to the Fathers ultimate plan for His life. He loved in the face of betrayal, being delivered up and given over to His enemies. Though the hazards were great and He found Himself in a prison, of sorts, temporally; He was committed to serve those He loved with agape love and become their Advocate in Heaven. His love was a form that acted in the face of any circumstance.

     Will you choose to love with this kind of love?

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  1. you speak often of ‘agape love,’ i’ve noticed. it seems like real love, something meant for more than we can understand as humans. is that right?

    • Agape love in the divine sense has some dynamics which are deeper and richer than our human understanding can comprehend. However, many times when I write about agape love I am talking about a biblical and divine form of love. When most human think of love they think of how a person feels. That is human love. Agape love takes over when we stop asking ourselves how we feel and begin loving people through our actions, meaning we act loving regardless of how we feel. Jesus did not “feel” like going to cross, suffering and being put to death but He did it because He loves us with agape love. We too can love people with agape love but it requires choosing to love them not because of what they do or how we feel but because we choose to love them. *Love is defined in 1 Corn. 13. * *4Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. *


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