Just as we imitate our parents, we should also be imitators of the example of Christ. In Ephesians 5:1-2 Paul says, 1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 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. Our love for others should reflect the love and sacrifice Christ had for us. It should be a love that goes beyond affection and leads us to sacrificial service to others.