This past Sunday morning, we considered the awesome exhortation of Ephesians 5:1, which says, “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children.”
In the next 19 verses, Paul explains what it means to be a follower or imitator of God, telling us to “walk” three different times.
In verses 2-6, we are to “walk in love.”
The world has changed the meaning of love to something very different than what God intends. For decades now, we have been indoctrinated with an unbiblical view of love.
Watch almost any romantic comedy, any movie or television show that pictures love. Read any romantic novel. Read even many “Christian” novels.
How is love defined? Love is defined primarily by a feeling. If it feels good, it is love, whether this expression of love results in fornication, adultery, leaving one’s spouse, homosexuality, even rape, and sexual abuse.
But as Paul wrote previously in Ephesians 4, we have put off the old life of sin. We have put on the new life created in Christ Jesus. We are being renewed in our mind.
Therefore…, we must imitate Christ by walking according to genuine love. What is genuine, biblical, love about?
In these verses, we find first that we must walk or live in purity with our bodies (v. 3), our speech (v. 4), and our mind (vv. 5-6).
Question: Contrast “love”, according to how it is expressed in the world to how God defines love.
Application: What must you do in order to walk by genuine love (God’s definition of love) instead of following the world’s idea of love?