1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us
and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
In chapter three of the great letter to the Ephesians, Paul prayed for us to experience the love of Christ which “surpasses knowledge” (v19). Furthermore, he wanted us to constantly be full of Christ’s love so that we could become “imitators of God” and have the capacity to “live a life of love.” The most poignant way we do these godly things is to love each other with the love Christ has loved us.
Since Christ practically loved us by going to the Cross for our us, how do we practically love each other so as not to commit the tragic sin of “word only love” (I John 3:18)? We do so with one simple formula: every time we verbally express our love to someone we immediately back it up with an act of love. For instance, when I tell my wife I love her, I do something for her, i.e., put the dishes in the dishwasher, pick up my dirty clothes, take her out to dinner, or perform any other item that is prominent on her “Honey Do” list. In so doing, I will grow in love and she will be blessed. So give practical love a try for the rest of today and see if you experience the same.