Ephesians 5:1 says, "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."
This verse is exhilarating and incredibly haunting at the same time. Is it really possible to be an imitator of God? In our own strength, effort, and DNA, I think not. But a few verses earlier Ephesians 4:24 allows us to peer into a mystery of God; "put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth." This verse begins to unpack that we now have the DNA of God in Christ, through the new self.
I think you will find there is a much better way to live when we begin to understand our new DNA and how we can live freely from that place of the new self in Christ.
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