Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
Paul begins this section with therefore meaning whatever he wrote before this is very important. In the previous section Paul speaks about putting away lying, not sinning when angry, no longer stealing, letting no corrupt word come out of one’s mouth, and not grieving the Holy Spirit. All of these things he mentions not to do would have been apart of a persons life before they came to know Jesus.
But after knowing Jesus and deciding to walk with Him we are called to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. We are called to be imitators of God. God is Holy and righteous. He is full of love, grace, and mercy. When we walk according to the Spirit our lives will begin to reflect the character of who Jesus is.
We are called to walk in love. If one word could be used to describe Jesus it would be love. Through out His life all He did was love. He was without sin and those who were seen as untouchable by society were embraced by Jesus. He saw their brokenness and sin and through His grace and power can restore and redeem.
Jesus is our ultimate example. He gave His life as a sacrifice. He laid down His life. No one took His life from Him. Jesus laid it down. May our lives imitate Him. May our lives reflect Him. May we live each day to glorify and honor Him.