Ephesians 5:1-2 ESV
1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
1. The problem is me
The solution to my problems is not to be more like me.
I am: Anxious, Fearful, Impulsive, Prideful.
2. The Answer is less like me and more like God
1 Corinthian’s 9:27 I have the freedom to do whatever I want, be whatever I want to be. I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
3. It will not come naturally.
Galatians 5:19-26 19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.