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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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Church of Christ

12/21/2012

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"Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly beloved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God" (Eph.5:1-2).

When it comes to being the best we can be in the arena of loving, we have the best mentors possible. We can allow God the Father be our role model of love, in that He gave us what was most precious to Him. (Jn.3:16)... He sets the bar for us about loving in that He loves before He is loved. (1 Jn.4:9-10). The apostle Paul taught the Thessalonians: "you yourselves have been taught by God to love" (1 Thess.4:9). We also have Jesus as the perfect mentor of love. In the Gospel of John He gave us the New Command... "Love one another. As I have loved you, so must you love one another" (13:34). He gave us this command that all men will know that you are my disciples. In today's verses, Paul suggests that we be imitators of God and encourages us to emulate the love that Jesus showed for us. If we do, we can also give off this wonderful sacrificial fragrance. Lastly, we have the thirteenth chapter of the Book of First Corinthians. It is the walking, talking compendium of love. As the Holy Spirit guided Paul in writing these words, they in turn should guide us when it comes to being better lovers. When we break down the chapter, the first three verses teach about the necessity of love. The next five teach the meaning of love. The next four teach its permanent nature. The chapter concludes with this memorable thought: "And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love." This tells us about the preeminence of love. The Holy Spirit can also be our mentor when it comes to love. If we want to be better lovers, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit will be our teachers... I love good teachers...

Have a great day... Give... Give... Give... Love mark Phil.4:11

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