The Word That Changes EVERYTHING…

“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

I have a powerful and vitally important word for you today: Your Heavenly Father lavishes you with His love. YOU are His dearly loved child!

At its foundation, the kingdom of God is all about this: a Father and His family. The gospel is all about this: your Father revealing His love for you through Jesus. This was God’s intention from the very beginning, that He would be our Father and we would walk in that identity, in fellowship with Him and one another, as His family FOREVER.

But as was inevitable in a fallen world, we’ve all grown up experiencing wounds, pain, and trauma. Our earthly parents did the best they could to raise us, but they too are flawed human beings. At best they painted a cloudy picture of the unconditional love of God our Father. In this life, our souls remain restless until we find rest in Him.

That word, that you Praise, are His dearly loved child, the apple of your Father’s eye, changes everything.

The good news is that Christianity is not a matter of your earning His love, but rather embracing it. His love abides. We can be sure—

“… neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

Jesus said so Himself in John’s Gospel—

“My Father, who has given (my sheep) to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:29).

As a dearly loved child of your Father, you can rest in these six words: My Father is greater than all. Nothing and no one can snatch you out of your Father’s protective and loving hand.

One of the most satisfying ways we can embody our identity as children of God is by extending our Father’s hand to others, especially the most vulnerable. This is a ministry after Jesus’ own heart. He said, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40).

Gregory Dickow

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