Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

To Be An Imitator of God, Here is What To Do — Ephesians 5:2 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation #2)

A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

A homily is “a usually short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a moral theme.”

Daniel Whyte III is sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church and the country is to be revived, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 5:2 says, “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”

Warren Wiersbe said, “This admonition ties in with the last two verses of the previous chapter where Paul has warned us against bitterness and anger. It is tragic when these attitudes show up in the family of God. As a pastor, I have witnessed malice and bitterness in the lives of people as I have conducted funerals and even weddings. You would think that sharing the sorrow of losing a loved one, or sharing a joy of a marriage, would enable people to forgive past wrongs and try to get along with each other. But such is not the case. It takes a real love in the heart, for ‘charity [love] shall cover the multitude of sins.'”

Following up on his admonition that we become imitators of God, Paul begins to talk about what that looks like. He says we should “walk in love as Christ also hath loved us.” It is one thing to say that you love someone, but do you love them as Jesus Christ loves you?

The important thing about Jesus’ love is that it is a love that compels Him to give — and not just to give things to us, but to give of Himself to us. His love compelled Him to sacrifice His position of power and glory in Heaven, to humble Himself as a man, and to suffer for people who did not deserve salvation. That is the kind of love Jesus has for us, and that is the kind of love we are called to have.

How often do you give of yourself to your family members? How often do you sacrifice your rights in order to serve others? The family is the place where this kind of love ought to be practiced first. Because you know the shortcomings of those in your family, you will find it easy to become bitter, angry, or hateful toward them. You know their flaws and their inconsistencies. However, we are commanded to love our family members (and all people) as Jesus Christ loves us. This means loving them in spite of their sinful and foolish ways.

When we show forth the love of Christ in our lives, it is as a “sweetsmelling savour” to God. He looks down on our families, our churches, and our communities, and is glad to see His children demonstrating to each other the love that He Himself demonstrated to Christ. Just as Jesus pleased God with His loving sacrifice for us, we please God by loving others.