Oculi Midweek Vespers
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Delivered By
Pr. Mark D. Lovett
Delivered On
March 6, 2013
Central Passage
Ephesians 5:1-9
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In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Be imitators of God as His beloved children.

You have often heard me say that Christianity is not about moral living. That is, one does not live the Christian life based on how well one behaves. One lives the Christian life based on whether one clings to Christ alone for life and salvation, expecting all good things from His Father in heaven.

But when one clings to Christ alone for life and salvation, expecting all good things from His Father in heaven, then one does begin to live the life of God among men. We don’t put a lot of stock in a person’s righteousness. And we shouldn’t. Men are not righteous. Man will lie and cheat and steal and commit all manner of evil acts. Even you. Regardless if you’ve been found out by other men, you know the evil that is in your heart. So you know the evil that is in my heart and the hearts of all men. So we don’t put stock in our righteousness; whether we’ve been good or bad, naughty or nice.

But when you begin to cling to Christ alone for life and salvation, when He is your righteousness, then His righteous becomes yours and you find yourself obeying the righteousness of God, and you will be imitators of God.

And the best way to imitate someone, is to watch and see what they do. So children learn how to live by watching dad and mom. They watch and imitate. So you learn how to live by watching your heavenly Father. You watch and imitate. And what do you see your heavenly Father doing? He is loving you and everyone around you. He is loving those who hate you. He is loving those who persecute you. He is loving those who defile and malign you. He is forgiving the sins of sinners. He is feeding the hungry and giving shelter to the homeless. He is caring for the widows and He is watching over the orphans. Your heavenly Father is the God of all people, even if they deny Him and reject Him. Still He loves them.

Still He sent His only-begotten Son to die for them as for you. Father, forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

+ In Nomine iesu +