The Upper Room devotional reflection for Thursday, August 5, 2021 comes to us from Montra C. Weaver of Texas

Ephesians 5:1-2

1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children

2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will.

Romans 12:2 (NIV)


The alarm of a nearby water system woke me up. After several minutes, I heard a mockingbird copying the beeping sound. I smiled at the bird who was copying not another bird’s song but a noise from a machine made by humans.

Then I thought about what I copy. How often do I, as a child of God, imitate humanity’s way rather that God’s way? My amusement faded as I realized that just that week, I had imitated the habits of the world more than once. I was quick to judge a woman’s character based on her clothing. I held a conversation questioning the motives behind someone’s acts of service. My TV shows, reading, and music that week had not portrayed godly values.

In today’s reading, Paul encourages us to imitate God’s love. But too often, rather than looking on others with the kind of love God shows me, I think and act out of habits and judgments that I have learned from the world around me.

May be that is why Paul says that we should follow Christ’s example of a life filled with sacrificial love. As we seek to imitate Christ, God can transform our attitudes so that we can grow and act in ways that match God’s will for us.

Prayer Focus:

Someone I have judged.

Thought for the Day:

Today I will seek to imitate the love of Christ.


Heavenly Father, thank you for the example of Christ’s sacrificial love. Help us to imitate his love in our attitudes and actions. Amen. from Montra C. Weaver of Texas


Friends – Luke 6:37 reminds us that when we judge another, we will be judged in the same way. I always regret being judgmental of others, and I try to remember that others could indeed judge me in the way that I was being judgmental.

--Pastor bea