“Dear friends, now we are children of God.”        1 John 3:2 NIV


John has just said in verse 1 that we are the children of God. Why does he repeat it again in verse 2? Because he wants to drive this essential truth home and clinch it in our minds. He says, “now” – right now in the present, “we are children of God”. That is our current position, and it ought to dominate every aspect of our daily lives. For better or worse, the families into which we are born have a huge impact on how we grow up and live. Some grow up in unloving, abusive homes where anger flares up every day. The TV spews moral filth into the living room every evening. The Bible is never read, family prayer times are non-existent, and moral training, if it exists at all, consists of, “Make sure that you have safe sex.” A child growing up in that kind of home is bound to be damaged by it, unless the grace of God through the gospel lays hold of him or her. Other children grow up in godly homes where love and kindness are the daily fare. Growing up in that kind of home will have a far different impact on the children. Their position as children in that kind of home will greatly affect how they think and live. Perhaps you lament the fact that you did not enjoy such a godly upbringing. But, if we have been born again by the Holy Spirit, we are now part of a godly family – the family of God. We can now call the holy, almighty God, “Father”. We are His beloved child, more precious to Him than any child is to their earthly father. This new position of being a child of God in the family of God should shape how we think, how we live and how we relate to the many temptations in this evil world.



Lord, knowing You as Father shapes the way I live now.



Dear Heavenly Father, as Your beloved child, I am more precious to You than any child is to their earthly father. Thank You that this new position of being Your child in the family of God shapes how I think, how I live and how I relate to the many temptations in this evil world. AMEN


I.B.R.A. Readings

1 Chronicles 10:1-14



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