Loving the Father’s Way–Ephesians 5 part 1(MSG)

Love like God loves, that is a tall order—When we walk with the Lord, he delivers a clear picture of how to love and how to live.  It is not awful or weird; it is a careful model of navigating through a treacherous terrain in order to avoid traps and danger. When we walk as he walks, we do not get sidetracked by the pedestrian foolishness of the world. We do not become greedy, lecherous or selfish. Instead, we release the hold we have on the world, and trust God to free us from the hold it has on us.

The picture is simple—the words we say edify those we say them to.  The actions we take are helpful and give glory to God–not acclaim for us. Our friends see Christ in our lives and are drawn to it—not some caricature of religion that repulses them from God.  And our mind is focused on what is eternal; not drawn to the dangerous and shallow crud that seems so sparkly to many. It is simply a better life—the one thing every parent wants for his or her child.

God Bless You

1-2 Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.

3-4 Don’t allow love to turn into lust, setting off a downhill slide into sexual promiscuity, filthy practices, or bullying greed. Though some tongues just love the taste of gossip, those who follow Jesus have better uses for language than that. Don’t talk dirty or silly. That kind of talk doesn’t fit our style. Thanksgiving is our dialect.

You can be sure that using people or religion or things just for what you can get out of them—the usual variations on idolatry—will get you nowhere, and certainly nowhere near the kingdom of Christ, the kingdom of God.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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