I’ve talked to people before who claim that Christianity is nothing more than a list or arbitrary moral do’s and dont’s.  They think that in order to be a Christian, you have to follow one list of things that you have to do, and avoid the other list of things you shouldn’t do.  But the Christian faith is less about what to do and what not to do, and more about living in response to the love of God.  In Ephesians 5, Paul starts talking about this way of living out one’s faith.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.  And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God (Ephesians 5:1-2).

Living the Christian life is not about avoiding certain sins and doing good things.  Avoiding sin and doing good are in response to the love that God has for each one of us.  Paul tells us to be “imitators of God” and to “walk in love, as Christ loved us.”  These are done in response to what God has already done in our lives.

When somebody loves you, and you live in relationship with that person, is that relationship made up of certain rules that have to be followed?  Or do you live in response to the love that person has for you?  Our relationship with God is no different.  God’s great love invades our lives.  It takes over our hearts.  And in response to it, we love others with the same type of love that God has for us.

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