Over the years I can recall hearing about people who were said to be good role models. Some I agree were worthy of the honor, and with others I strongly disagree.
A simple definition of a role model according to Webster’s is someone who another person admires and tries to be like.
I am looking at Ephesians Chapter 5 and breaking down the verses on what it looks like to imitate God. The “do’s and don’ts and why’s" are clearly written. These are not suggestions either, not if we are to be imitators.
(Do) Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love,
(Why) just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
(Don’t) there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed,
(Why) because these are improper for God's holy people.
(Don’t) Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. (Why) For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person — such a man is an idolater — has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
(Don’t) Let no one deceive you with empty words,
(Why) for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.
(Why) For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.
(Do) Live as children of light
(Why) (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.
(Don’t) Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
(Why) For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."
(Do) Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity,
(Why) because the days are evil.
(Don’t) Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.
(Do) Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Do) Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
(Do) Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.
(Why) For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
(Do) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
(Why) to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
(Do) In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies.
(Why) He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." This is a profound mystery — but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
I love to read and I read fast. This can be a problem because I can easily miss the impact of what is being said, so I have been forcing myself to slow down and pay closer attention, especially in my bible reading. As I read this chapter today, I thought it would be interesting to break it down in the “do’s, don’ts and why’s”.
God has given us the greatest ‘role model’ ever!