Have you ever felt truly loved? I’m not talking about the emotionally charged love-at-first-sight kind of love but the kind where you know the other person truly has your best interest in mind. The kind of love that stands with you through thick and thin. The kind of love you see in a mama bear protecting her cub.
When I was a child I knew my parents loved me even when I was being stubborn or misbehaving. I messed up a lot, but I knew they still loved me unconditionally.
In a perfect world, all children should feel that kind of love from their parents.
I’m not a perfect parent. I make mistakes. My children realize I’m not perfect and yet they know I love them despite my imperfections.
My parents were wonderful parents, but they were not perfect either. However, I still knew they loved me even when they made mistakes.
Our world isn’t perfect. Every parent here on earth is a sinner. (Romans 3:10, 23) That includes you and me.
But guess what…
We have the ultimate love example given us in 1 John 3.
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. ” (1 John 3:1, NKJV)
He offers us unconditional love.
Just like a child that is adopted into a family, God gives us that same opportunity to be called by His name and be one of His children. If the world doesn’t recognize God, they won’t recognize us because we are His.
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. (1 John 3:2)
Beloved, NOW we are children of God.
We don’t know exactly what God looks like right now, but one day we will see Him as He is and we’re going to be just like Him.
Children often look like their parents.
My children share features similar to me and their dad. We often talk about how some of them have my eyes and my husband’s nose. People can look at us and know we are family.
Not only do we share physical characteristics with our parents and our children, we also share mannerisms and personalities with them.
Perhaps you have heard the expression, “She is her mother’s daughter,” usually expressed because the girl acts like her mother.
One day I want to hear that said of me in comparison with my Heavenly Father: “She is her Father’s daughter.”
“And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” (1 John 3:3)
We are purified by our faith in Jesus Christ. God is perfect and those of us who have this hope in Christ purify ourselves. One day we will be perfect, just like our Heavenly Father is perfect.
Do you have His hope in you? Are you a part of God’s family?
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