“Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly beloved children, and walk in love, as Christ also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2
Paul’s exhortation to the Ephesians of being imitators of God is surrounded by its preceding verses. He elaborated it by citing examples of how to be a reflector of Christ.
He said, “No foul language should come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need so that it gives grace to those who hear.”
Additionally, he said, “Let all bitterness, anger, and wrath, shouting and slander be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also you in Christ.”
The commands are meant to promote healthy relationships within your community and church. Moreover, it encourages you to replace what was old and negative with the new and positive.
Meaning, to live a new life with Christ. And living in it requires total dependence on Jesus by filling yourself with His endless love. So that, you will not struggle in love because you will just overflow from Him.