I used to tell my kids, especially during their teenage years, to choose their friends carefully, because friends can determine our destiny. Humans tend to imitate the people with whom they associate.
Viruses are not the only things contagious.
Attitudes and behaviors are contagious too.
Negativity, anger and fear is transferable.
But so is joy, peace, faith and courage.
We’re all prone to imitate the people we spend time with.
Scripture tells us to be imitators of God as dearly loved children (Ephesians 5:1).
Children mimic their parents. Whether we want them to or not! They quietly observe how we treat people. The words we use when speaking about others. The attitudes we have toward those who are different from us.
So much more is caught rather than taught.
And this is exactly how we learn to imitate our heavenly Father; by watching Him. Spending time with Him. Observing His ways and mannerisms. Noticing how He interacts with people when we read scripture. Paying attention to the tone of His voice when He speaks. His generosity when He provides. His goodness when He heals. His gentleness when He disciplines. His grace when He forgives.
He is a good Father who dearly loves His children. And He is the One we are to imitate.
Do you know Him as your good Father who delights in you as His beloved child? Because if you have surrendered yourself to Jesus, that is exactly who you are.
I spent much of my life believing God to be hard and harsh instead of loving and kind. So that was the God I resembled.
What do you believe about your Father?
What you believe about Him is what you will silently and not so silently communicate to your family, your friends and your acquaintances.
When we know Him in truth, as our loving, kind, gentle Father, THAT is what we’ll imitate. That is who we will become. And HE is who we will reveal to those around us.