by Jerry Vines

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WALK IN LOVE (23 of 36)
Jerry Vines
Ephesians 5:1-2

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children,
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us and
hath given himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice
to God for sweet smelling savor.

Children are great imitators. I'm sure those of you
who are parents have discovered this. They start real
young imitating. In fact, just about as soon as they
are able to walk they begin to imitate their parents.
Little girls get on momma's dress and high heels.
They get out momma's make up and get it all over them.
They are trying to imitate momma.

Little boys imitate their dads. They try to walk like
dad walks. Try to pick their teeth with a toothpick
like dad does. They are imitators. From the
viewpoint of mom and dad, that puts a great
responsibility on us, doesn't it? If they are
imitators of us that means we need to be very, very
careful what kind of pattern and what kind of
lifestyle we display in front of them. There is a
tendency for children to pretty much repeat the good
and the bad of their parents. You can see it in
families. It just moves down from generation to
generation to generation. Sometimes the pattern is
bad. The good news about that is that individuals in
that pattern can break the pattern by receiving Jesus
as their Lord and Savior. You do not have to repeat
the bad patterns and the bad habits and the bad
lifestyles of your family. By the way, you can't
spend all the rest of your life blaming your family
either. At some point in time you have to become a
big boy and take personal responsibility for your own
behavior. I'm aware of the fact that we will for all
of the rest of our lives be the result of our
background and family and all of that. But at some
point in time YOU are personally responsible for your
own behavior and your own actions.

I remember a boy I played football with in hi ...

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