11th Sunday After Pentecost – Devotional

by Pastor Clarissa Martinelli on August 08, 2021

Good morning Fifth Ave. Family & Friends,
On this 2nd Sunday of August, I humbly greet each of you in the love and joy of Jesus Christ and a meek imitator of God.
Being an “imitator” of God means we must imitate His “love.” After all, the Bible tells us God is love. His very nature is defined by His love. … And those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and manifest myself to them” John 14:21 (NKJV). When I love Him, I will be like Him. “Be followers of God.”
You can’t imitate a person if you don’t know anything about them, so we must learn all we can about the Lord from His word. We must put into practice everything we know about Him. We are to do the things we see Him doing, and we are to avoid the things He avoids. We are to be like God in every respect.

In reality, God is commanding us to do something that is impossible within ourselves.
While we can’t be holy on our own, as redeemed children of God, we have been empowered by the Holy Spirit to live like Him, act like Him, walk like Him and talk like Him. God has empowered us and enabled us to live holy lives for His glory. We are not enslaved persons following in the footsteps of a demanding master. No! We are the sons and daughters of God. We have been redeemed by His grace, adopted into His family and partakers of His very nature.
Come siblings of Christ as we journey to be authentic imitators of God! Amen.
Blessings & Peace,
Pastor Clarissa
My dear Sisters and Brothers, please receive my sincerest gratitude for the beautiful cards, texts and emails filled with Birthday blessings and wishes!  You touched my heart and spirit in a loving and affirming way. May God abundantly bless each of you is my heartfelt prayer. Amen.

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