One of my favourite stories is ‘A Christmas Carol’ written by Charles Dickens. In the story, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future to remind him of choices he made throughout his life and the full effect of them as he neared death. Scrooge is so impacted through remembering that he is changed, and his transformation affects everyone around him for the better.
Ephesians 5:2 NIV
“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.”
We are reminded to “walk in the way of love just as Christ loved us.” Remind means to ‘to cause to remember.’ Jesus gave himself sacrificially to God for us and that is so amazing! So maybe that’s the point of the reminder, to stay amazed by His love so we are impacted and motivated to share His love with others. Reminders help us to do what we know we want or need to do.
When my husband and I were dating he locked his keys in the car a number of times when we were together. He was so focused on me that he completely forgot to take his keys out of the car. It was fun knowing I had that impact on him momentarily, but I did learn to remind him to grab his keys when we got out of the car.
I’ve learned to be grateful for reminders because when I pay attention to them I am helped. It’s so great to be reminded that I can walk in the way of love as Jesus did because by myself I am not able to love like Jesus. I need to be reminded that I can be like Him.