Every day on the Bible App from Youversion you can find a “verse of the day.” The verse of the day for August 5, 2015 was actually two verses, Ephesians 5:1-2.
Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Paul urges Christ-followers to do just that, to follow God’s example and walk in the way of love. Jewish rabbis often talked about walking as a metaphor for living. They called it halakah, which is the Hebrew word for “to walk.” The halakah of God, Paul says, is the way of love. But it’s not just any kind of love; it’s the love by which Jesus offered himself as a sacrifice for our sins.
This kind of love is agape love. This is the kind of love that lays down its life, that sets aside its rights, that forgives sins, and that brings life where there was death. This is the love of the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That is the example that Paul is urging us to follow: to let our halakah be characterized by agape. If we follow Jesus, then our lives should be characterized by the love of the cross. We should follow God’s example and lay down our lives for others, forgo any claim to our rights, forgive sins committed against us, and be resurrection agents in a world of sin and death.
Think about some practical ways that you can live this love today. Who can you forgive? How can you put others first? How can you live a cross-shaped love today? When you walk in the way of love, you are not only following God’s example, you are also creating opportunities for his kingdom to come into the lives of people around you.