"Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved 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."
These are Paul's words to the church at Ephesus. He instructs that, in our walk with God, we should take care to be imitators of God and His son Jesus Christ. Christ, in His love for us, became a sacrifice for our sins. He gave up His life for us, providing atonement for and forgiveness of our sins. We are also urged to live in love, following in the example set for us by Christ.
Children learn by imitating their parents. As God is our heavenly father, we must learn to imitate Him. We must learn to imitate His gracious attitude and love toward us. We can do this through loving our fellow man in the same way that He has loved us.
Put the words of Paul on our hearts. Make us imitators of Christ. Let us love others as Christ has loved us. We pray this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.