”“Therefore be imitators of GOD as dear children.”Ephesians 5:1 ~NKJV
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55: 8, 9 It’s the same reason why the Apostle Paul exhorts us to imitate GOD—GOD loves us!Original Word, in Greek, for imitate is μιμητής, οῦ, ὁ. Its transliteration is mimétés (mim-ay-tace’).Ephesians 5:1 say, “Be Imitators of GOD,” But the word μιμητής (mimétés) is more than being a mimic. It’s the positive imitation that arises by admiring the pattern set by someone worthy of emulation (in this case, GOD).
Paul is saying to us, “He is worthy!”But how do we imitate GOD?GOD is holy! (Leviticus 11:44, 19:2, 20:7, 1 Peter 1:16)GOD wants us to be as He is! It gladdens His heart when He sees our every effort to be as He is! He knows that we still exist in a fallen body, but He rejoices when we do our best to emulate His holiness! GOD is love! Oh, the number of times I must’ve been incorrect on this imitation!
But GOD gives us His word so that we could get it right (eventually).Yes He gives us 1 Corinthians 13!“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
GOD’s word: “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him,” (Psalm 103:17a)Are you merciful? Do you demand retribution? Did your spouse do something that your mercy can cover?
Did your coworker do something that your mercy can cover? Did your friend do something that your mercy can cover? What about your child or parent(s)?What about Facebook? Do you make comments that don’t include mercy? GOD responds to calls for His mercy! Jesus said: “And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘GOD, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified…” (Luke 18: 13, 14a) Are you an imitator of GOD?