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.”

We need to study God to get to know Him. 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 look at His behavior and get inspired when simply reading the gospels. The gospels were written by four different people – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Four different people represent four different angles, so we are able to study the life of Jesus in depth.

If our life stinks we can change that. Surprisingly, it’s not all about washing our dirty laundry to combat the foul odor. Beating ourselves up and focusing on our hang-ups is not going to help us grow. We want to get to the point where we naturally exude a sweet aroma. 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.

Love has many faces. Falling in love is a prominent part of it – and based on the many love songs we wrote, probably an all-time favorite – however I think everybody agrees that staying in love is the weightier part. Another expression of divine love is investing into people without expecting anything back.

Eventually it dawns on us that generous love is actually truly satisfying. – Granted, we may run into disappointments and heartaches along the way, but in hindsight everybody will say that love is worth every effort. The best part of it is: Spreading the sweet aroma called “love”, our lives no longer stink.

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