” How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!
And that is what we are!”
1 John 3:1a
1How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears,[a]we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.
What is TRUE LOVE?
For me it is falling in love with our Creator and having a desire in my heart to do whatever HE is asking of me.
I have fallen in love and I am going to do whatever I can to please the Lord. If that means running circles around my kitchen juggling oranges and apples-then by golly I’m gonna do it! That sounds crazy-doesn’t it? Well, when we are in love we do crazy things to please the One we love. In my case, the One I love IS the ONE- Lord of all the earth, Creator, Father, God. I know I am HIS- a child of God! So are you!
In this drawing, Jesus is looking up. What is he looking at? His Father in Heaven! Jesus is the Son of God and He was obedient because he truly loved His Father. The Father is the Son’s TRUE LOVE-just as Jesus is to be our TRUE LOVE, our FIRST LOVE, our ONLY LOVE. In the picture you see that Jesus is being showered with stars-they represent God’s love and light and we are being showered with that same love and light everyday. Just look around! God’s love is infinite, pure and bright!
It doesn’t matter what your past looks like, what is important is your future. When you have received Christ as the LORD of your life-how you live DOES matter!! Christ WILL put His finger of love on your heart and life and you will be compelled to change, to walk toward the light and away from the darkness of the world. Change is never easy and it happens over time-we are all at different levels in our walk with Christ. The best thing we can do is to have accountability partners in our lives. These are godly people who live and love and spend thier lives for Christ. They want what God wants for us-to come to Him, for us to live in willingness, to embrace, to listen, to hear and act in obedience. To fall madly in love with the One who created us! Sometimes the things these people tell us are hard to swallow and take time, however it is in that time that God is growing us-stretching us, pruning us and drawing us near to Him. It is true love.
We are all children of God and the only thing we are required to do is BELIEVE and RECEIVE! Once we truly do this- then God does the rest through our obedience. One step at a time. No, it’s not easy and it doesn’t happen overnight- but it is the most important decision you will ever make!
In 1 John 3 John says:
16This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 19This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence 20whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. 23And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
May your heart rest in HIS presence,