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What Kind Of Love ….. February 14, 2021

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. 1 John 3:1 ESV

How is your ability to see and identify love? This question is not referring to physical sight, but spiritual sight. Have you ever thought of yourself as an orphan? I’m not referring to the absence of earthly parents, rather the understanding of our spiritual adoption. (Romans 8:15). Do you trust God, and take Him at His word? There can be so many questions in life, but a person must always remember: when God declares something, … so it is.

Spiritual Eyes …

These are eyes that can see the love God has for us. God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 The Good News is the account of God’s love for us, taught throughout history, and will continue to be taught until His return. God’s love cannot be seen by a person who is spiritually blind. Spiritual blindness is the worst type of blindness because many times the spiritually blind have no idea of their blindness. This blindness is caused by a darkness that is the result of sin. It could be compared to being physically born in the darkness of a cave, and when you open your eyes, you experience blindness because of the darkness that surrounds you. The song “Amazing Grace” is a song we sing that reflects this truth. These words written by John Newton in 1773 best describe how a person can be healed of spiritual blindness. “Amazing grace (how sweet the sound!) that saved a wretch like me; I once was lost but now am found; was BLIND but now I see.” God still heals spiritual blindness by His AMAZING GRACE!!!

Amazing Love…

What a privilege it is to be called a child of God! For anyone to be called His child, there had to be a spiritual adoption. Being spiritually adopted into the family of God makes you a child of the eternal King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Adoption is a very special way to become someone’s child because the parents made the choice to make you their own. Spiritual adoption can also be referred to as being born again. Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he CANNOT SEE” the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 ESV ….. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be BORN AGAIN to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1Peter 1:3 ESV ….

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the SPIRIT OF ADOPTION as sons, by whom we cry “Abba Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are CHILDREN OF GOD. Romans 8: 14-16 ESV ….

IN LOVE he predestined us for ADOPTION AS SONS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, according to the purpose of his will. Ephesians 1: 5 ESV

And so we are

We are not a child of God because we say we are, we are a child of God because God says we are. But to all who did receive him, who believe in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, BUT OF GOD. John 1:12-13 ESV The child adopted does not claim the parent, the parent claims the child.

Application:

Are you a believer/disciple of Jesus? Then spend your life in gratitude, worshipping God, who adopted you and made you his own. He chose you and calls you His own…. you were not an accident—He intentionally made you His own. See what great love The Father has given us that we should be called God’s children — and we are! 1 John 3:1 CSB

Are you not yet a Child of God? Please know and understand, He will adopt you into his family not because of who you are but who He is. He is the loving God who paid the price for your adoption and made adoption into His family possible. He calls you by name…. call out to Him and He will bid you …… follow me.

Because of is Grace ~ Pastor David

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