We Are God's Children

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Our struggles do not negate God’s love for us any more than our children's struggles negate our love for them.

“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 (niv)

It is 6:48 a.m., the exact time my children have determined they must walk out the door in order to catch the bus each morning. I send them off with words, since teenagers rarely tolerate a hug good-bye that early in the day.

“Have a good day,” I tell them. “Good luck on your math test. I’ll be praying for you.”

I watch them, two colt-like blond teenagers in black parkas, their long legs striding down the sidewalk, ready to break into a gallop if they see the bus at the corner. I watch them, still sort of amazed that they are no longer babies. They move relentlessly toward adulthood and independence.

There’s a pull in my heart when I see my kids—whether they are leaving for school, playing sports or just hanging out at home. Even when my kids misbehave or are difficult, I love them. It sometimes overwhelms me.

We are God’s children: loved, chosen. We are not an inconvenience to Him. His love is extravagant; He has lavished it upon us. We do not have to pry scraps of affection from God’s clenched fist. He pours it out with abundance. Because of Jesus, He has adopted us as His own.

The way we love our kids on our best, most unselfish day—that’s not even close to how much God loves us, all the time. Now, loving my kids does not mean indulging their every whim. In fact, sometimes love means setting limits, telling them “no.”

God’s love is much the same—it sustains and holds us. It sometimes sets limits. The struggles of this life do not negate God’s love for me, any more than the struggles my children face negate my love for them.

FAITH STEP: Today, spend some time being quiet with God, receiving the love He wants to lavish upon you. Remember that, as His beloved child, you don’t have to earn His favor.

Written by Keri Wyatt Kent

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