See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! —1 JOHN 3:1
A parent’s voice is powerful, isn’t it? I love that we belong to a Father who is not silent. He is a Father who not only speaks to His children but speaks over His children. In 1 John 3:1, I find it interesting that the apostle John added the phrase, “And that is what we are!” We might not always believe, feel, or truly comprehend that God loves us enough to call us His children, but our Father says we really are! Our Father doesn’t just love us; He loves the real us.
We can act as if we have it all together when sometimes we don’t. We can pretend we aren’t struggling when we really are. If we’re honest, we can hide those areas of our lives where we are still growing. But we don’t need to do that with God. Because we are in Christ, forgiven and righteous through His sacrifice, we are loved. Completely. Our Father knows us—all of us— and still loves us.
To make sure we remember our Father’s love when it gets hard to hear His voice, He put His Spirit inside us (Romans 8:14–17). The Spirit helps us hear the truth about who and what we really are. His voice reminds us that we are not only forgiven, but we are accepted. We are adopted into God’s family. We are His daughters.
If you are in Christ, look and see what great love the Father has lavished on you. This love calls you “My daughter.” You are family. May His love for you ring loudly in your ears today: you are His. He loves you— the real you.
Father, thank You for loving me. You know everything about me. You see the areas where I’m still growing, and You are patient, kind, and compassionate to me. Help me not to run from You, but to run to You. Your grace and love are what I need. In Jesus’ name, amen.
- In what ways do you hide or pretend you are doing okay when you really aren’t?
- Why is it so freeing to know that God loves you, the real you?
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