My wife decided to change out purses the other day and gave one of her old ones to our daughter Emma. It was so cute watching her strut around the house like mommy. There’s something special about watching your daughter imitate her mother. It puts a smile on my face every time Emma follows in Keri’s footsteps.
And we are called to do the same with our Heavenly Father. There’s a reason why I’ve titled this blog “Faith and Footsteps.” We must walk like our Father. We must daily and faithfully follow in his footsteps. We are his children so it is natural for us to imitate him. How do we do this? By walking in love!
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you. Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 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.”
This passage has a lot to say to us about following God, but it all culminates in living a life of love. We can’t just love in our own strength. We are called to love as Christ loved us. God is love (1 John 4:8) and all that he does is rooted in love. Therefore, if we are to imitate him, we are to look for every opportunity to love as Christ loved.
The adjectives in the rest of the passage give us an indication of what Jesus’ love looks like. Jesus showed kindness and compassion for those he met. Many times he went out of his way to administer to the needs of others and it was always done out of love. He forgave when we didn’t deserve it and offered himself as a sacrifice for us all to display his immeasurable love. We should make every attempt to follow that example, walking in the footsteps of Jesus.
“This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. We know we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”
(1 John 3:11, 14a, 18)
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”