Ephesians 5:1-2 calls us to consider the obligations of being children of God. By the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross we are made clean. Being clean, we who believe in Jesus are adopted as genuine children of God! The requirement of children is to honor the family name by right action and character. This is why children of God become imitators of God.
Specifically, we are called to imitate the love of God revealed in the sacrificial death of Jesus. Christians are to love others sacrificially and practically. Rather than a focus on our own rights, we are called to consider the good of others and to act for their good in practical ways. As you go through the week, pay attention to your focus. Do you primarily see the needs of others or your own needs? Do you focus on what is your due and right, or do you act for the good of others? Make it your goal to imitate the love of God in order to honor our heavenly Father.