“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. St. Paul’s letter that we heard today begins with this simple guidance for the Christian life. Be imitators of God, as beloved children. I’m sure you have heard the phrase, “Children learn what they live.” In 1954, Dr. Dorothy Nolte, an educator and counselor, wrote this inspirational poem that was published and printed in many formats, including posters, refrigerator magnets, and was even distributed by a formula manufacturer.
“Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand;” from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans. Last week, I touched on the concept of faith and belief. The Greek word translated to belief is pisteuō, which is also translated to the word faith. This is more than a casual belief that something exists, but it implies a deep level of trust.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life,” from the Gospel according to St. John. These words from the Gospel according to St. John are among the most well known in the Bible. They are filled with hope and love, and reassurance that God loves us, and wants us to live eternally; however, these verses tend to be isolated from a larger section of this Gospel that really needs to be read as well.