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.”

God is many things; but one of His finest features is His untiring ability to love.

Most of us are familiar with the phrase: “God is God, and we are not.” How then are we to love like Him? I believe this is one of the major reasons why God gave us His Son – so that we have a hands-on example how to love like God as a human being. We can read about Jesus in the gospels, which were written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Four authors represent four different angles allowing us to study the life of Jesus in depth.

If our life smells suspiciously, then there is probably dirty laundry that requires our attention. We address the kinds of things we like to sweep under the carpet, and soon enough we can smell the fresh air. Jesus has a way of changing our disposition from foul-smelling Stinkhorn into a sweet-smelling Rose, metaphorically speaking.

Take new parents for instance. Ask them about their first child. How did that impact their lives? Parents will tell you that having children has totally changed their lives. Their hearts grew wider with every child added to the family. Just like a new son or daughter causes a parent’s heart to grow, this is how Jesus operates. We open up to Him and our hearts become bigger. We walk with Jesus, and our hearts keep growing. We learn to love the God-way.

Eventually it dawns on us that generous love is actually truly satisfying. – Granted, we may run into disappointments and heartaches along the way, but love is worth every effort. And spreading the sweet aroma called “love”, our lives no longer stink.

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