What an amazing blessing it is to be made right before the God the Judge. We are forgiven of our sin, saved from His eternal wrath, and pronounced blameless before Him. This is a wondrous truth, but the truth that our salvation does not stop at justification is greater still.
We are adopted and loved by God the Father. Not only have we been declared righteous but we are adopted as sons. Not only have we been forgiven but we are also immeasurably loved.
Do we truly believe this? Or are we more focused on our sin, more fixed on the inadequacies of our hearts, than on the supreme adopting love of our Savior, Creator, and God?
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
We need to live as those convinced of the Father’s love. He crushed His Son, pouring out the fullness of His wrath on Him that we might be called children of God! What love is this!
So the question is: Are we more aware of our own lingering sins and weaknesses than the boundless love of the Father?
We can never live the Christian life until we have been persuaded of God’s unconditional love has toward His chosen children.
Do not be always poring down over the imperfections of your own heart, and dissecting your own besetting sins.
Look more to your risen Head in heaven, and try to realize more than you do that the Lord Jesus not only died for you, but that He also rose again, and that He is ever living at God’s right hand as your Priest, your Advocate, and your Almighty Friend.
Let’s cultivate godly sorrow and repentance regarding sin, never losing sight of the eternal love of our Father.
I am a child of God and heir with Christ! What love is this!
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 4:9-11
Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us that we should be called the sons of God!