I have been working through Ephesians for Gather Inspirit. I have been so busy with life and getting ready for this vacation that I didn't get a chance to post on Ephesians 5.
Actually, I started to write the post, twice, and I still have not gotten past the first half of the first verse.
In my NIV Bible it says,"Be imitators of God. . ."
I immediately wen to the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control."
The first thought when I think of imitating God is these nine words. Before I started to beat myself up about how I am not a very good imitator of God I decided to check out this verse in a few different translations.
The Message Bible says, "Watch what God does, and then you do it".
The New Living Translation says, "Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do."
So I am to Watch God, and Imitate God, in everything I do.
I go back to focus on the Fruit of the Spirit. Each week I am going to spend some time focusing on each of the nine words above. I will start with LOVE.
This should be an easy one this week. After all, I am on vacation with my family in the Place Where Dreams Come True, right?!
Well, it isn't always easy when you are with your family for 24 hours a day in a condo, many miles from home. We are doing pretty good so far. I am trying to watch my tone with my girls. (Sometimes easier said than done). I am trying to love my husband when he is slow getting out the door and I have a schedule I am trying to keep.
I am going to spend my quiet time this week thinking about Christ's love for me. My love for my family and my love for those that I find it difficult to love.
I will move on in Ephesians 5, there is so much more to share in this chapter, but next week I am coming back to Ephesians 5:1 to tell you how I did with loving others. Next week I will focus on joy.
Last night I got to experience pure joy when I got to meet to amazing women with beautiful hearts. Stop by and visit Stacey and Stef. Read the wonderful words that they have to share.