Ephesians 5:1 – Imitators of God31-07-2018 - Posted by Andre Piet
Become then imitators of God, as beloved children…
The word “then” leads to a conclusion here. Paul had written to his readers about how GOD creates a new humanity (4:24) with attributes that fully express Him. We must, of course, first know this before we can follow GOD in this.
Every parent with some experience knows that education children is not primarily based on advice and instructions. Parenthood begins, even before the child understands anything, by giving love. A child is your child and whatever it does, it stays that way. This basis of unconditional love (agape) underlies all upbringing.
The second principle is this: parents must not be an example to their children, they are. Children imitate father and mother, usually without being aware of it. They see the behavior of their parents and they copy it: their attitude, their speech, their habits, their reactions, etc.
When we know ourselves to be “beloved children” of GOD, we become aware of who He is, what his plans are, what He does and how He does it. This knowledge of Father GOD is guiding in our lives. This is how we become imitators of GOD!