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BIG IDEA:

WALK IN LOVE — FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF

– GOD OUR FATHER

– CHRIST OUR SAVIOR

INTRODUCTION — “Therefore”

Based on the example of God in Christ forgiving us …

Closely tied to ending verses of Chapter 4; yet this word is used in Ephesians to introduce new topics (cf. 4:1, 17, 25) … so it serves as a good transition here to the new topic of walking in purity and walking in the light (next message)

I. (:1) WALK IN LOVE — FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF GOD OUR FATHER

A. Imitate the Love of God

“Be imitators of God”

B. Reproduce Your Family Character

“as beloved children”

II. (:2) WALK IN LOVE — FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST OUR SAVIOR

A. Imitate the Love of Christ

“and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you”

B. Remember the Sacrifice Made by Christ

1. Sacrificed Himself for Our Benefit

“and gave Himself up for us”

2. Offered Up Himself as a Sacrifice to the Father

“an offering and a sacrifice to God”

3. Ultimate Example of Pleasing God

“as a fragrant aroma”