Ephesians 5:2 continues the subject of imitating God from verse 1. It says, “And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”
Imitating Christ’s unfathomable love is humanly impossible. We don’t have that capacity of ourselves. How do we practically apply this verse?
First I want to look at this illustration. Picture yourself on the beach. Stand at the edge of the water and look out as far as you can see. Way out there is a thin line of a horizon. Yet, when we consider God’s love, there is no vertical or horizontal line. His love is unfathomable, untraceable, and incalculable because He is without borders or boundaries.
I love Jeremiah 23:24. It says, “Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him? says the Lord; do I not fill heaven and earth?” The Lord is self-existent.
We imitate His love for us when we give from our heart to others. Philippians 2:3-4 says, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
The application of sacrificial love is to put others before our interests. It requires dying to self, by intentionally laying our own agenda down in order to serve others. That does not come natural. It is consciously living in His love in order to serve others through His love.
1 John 4:10-11 says, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought to love one another.”
We love as He loved when we forgive those who have hurt us. We can’t love with unforgiveness buried in our heart. The first step is forgiveness, then drawing from His love for us, we love.