Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children;
I. THE DUTY ENJOINED — "Be ye followers of God." The word "follower" does not merely mean one in the retinue — an attendant. It means more — an imitator. It is applied to those who personate others, and appropriate their looks, manners, and gait. From the original word we have our English translation, "mimic," which, although often used in a ludicrous sense, here is to be understood in a very solemn and important signification. Wherein then can we imitate God?
1. In character. So far as revealed to us, we may imitate the character of God.
2. In desire. We may be actuated by the same desires as actuate the Almighty.
3. In feeling. God hates sin. To follow is more than to profess. It is carrying into action the principles of Christian life. It must be —
II. THE PLEA BY WHICH IT IS URGED — "as dear children."
1. Children will follow their parents from love and respect.
2. Children will follow their parents from a desire to gain their approval.
3. Children follow their parents in order that they may fit and prepare themselves, when grown up, for the same sphere and position of life. So with the Christian. He is looking forward to the period of his maturity when he shall be like his. Father in heaven.
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