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Thoughts From Ephesians #39 Walk In Love-Ephesians 5:1-2 Love Like the Father

by Larry Miles

In Ephesians 5:1-2 Paul highlights the love of God the Father and the love of the Son to the Christians.  It is the Holy Spirit who indwells us that enables us to live fully in Christ.  Paul wrote in Rom. 5:5“God’s  love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” The Spirit empowers us  to love like the Father and the Son.

Love Like the Father (Eph. 5:1)

     We are  told  to imitate God “as dearly loved Children.”  Paul wrote in Eph. 1:5“He predestined  us to be adopted through Jesus Christ, for Himself, according to His favor and will.”

     Since we are now  in the  family of God, the Church of the Lord Jesus Christi, we need to start acting like children of the King. We need to have the kind of love the  Father has for us for our fellow Christians.  Jesus said, “be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.”  (Luke 6:36)

     God’s people should be know for our love. A song we sang when I was in the  chorus at Southeastern Christian College in 1974 was “They’ll know we are  Christians bu our love.”  Some of the ways that we can show God’s love to others  are:

We need to be helping  fulfill the  needs of our own fellowship.


Larry Miles is Co-Editor of Word and Work and attends Cherry St. Church of Christ in New Albany, IN.


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That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:10