“A Life Of Love” (Ephesians 5: 1 – 2, NIV) by Carley Evans

Paul calls us “to live a life of love.” We are to “be imitators of God.”

“Then Mary takes about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she pours it on Jesus’ feet and wipes His feet with her hair. And the house is filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” (John 12: 3)

Mary loves Jesus. As she shows Him her love, the fragrance of her act fills the house. Everyone is privy to the redolence of her life of love. Only Jesus’ betrayer protests.

Jesus washes Peter’s feet as well as the feet of His other disciples. “Do you understand what I have done for you? You call Me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I Am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (John 13: 12 – 15)

Jesus calls us to “love each other as I have loved you.” (John 15: 12) He calls us to imitate God — God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. God, who loves Himself and who loves us enough to give up Himself to death, to death on a tree.

“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” (Galatians 5: 14, ESV)