1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma (Ephesians 5).
This word “beloved” is the same word the Father used to describe Jesus when He said: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased” (Matthew 3:17). For Christ certainly did “walk in love” on this earth to the point that He fulfilled the Father’s will and “gave Himself up for us.”
Paul’s point is clear: we show we are beloved of God whenever we follow His Beloved and act like Him. But it is extremely important to note—we never earn His love, we show it. For just as an “aroma” reveals what is being burned, so does our “walk” reveal what we are loving. If we are loving ourselves and the world, the aroma will not be pleasant, but if we are loving our Lord as “imitators” of Him, then the aroma will be “fragrant” indeed!
Lord, help us This Day to smell good. Amen.