32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
5 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.
When we were children we looked up to our parents and imitated some of their behavioral pattern — right or wrong which accounts for some of who we are today. So when we had our own children, we tried to show them what we considered to be a good example — right or wrong — and were pleased when they saw us follow in their ways. Sometimes, however, the things we taught our children and/or the things our parents taught us didn’t necessarily give us the best we could be.
But now our heavenly Father teaches us so that when we imitate him, we can live our best life.
Whew, what a relief! Imitating God instead of a human being is satisfying beyond belief.
Try it! You might like it!