When you blow it – I mean, when you really mess up big time, do you hide from God? Sometimes, I do, too.
What if, instead, we were to look at ourselves the way God looks at us: as His much-loved child – yes, even when (rather, especially when) we fall into sin?
One of the verses in Romans 8 that always makes me smile is verse 15:
“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father’” (NIV 1984).
“Abba” is an Aramaic word that implies such a sense of familiarity that it isn’t used by the Jewish people when they pray. Rather, “Abba” is used by young children when addressing their fathers. We, too, can call God, “Abba, Father” if we recognize Jesus’ death on the cross as payment for our sins.
Last week, I suggested that our February weekly goals could include activities to help us get to know our heavenly Father, better. Let’s desire such a close relationship with Him that we cry (whether in a loud exclamation or quiet whispers), “Abba, Father,” in the same manner we would say “Daddy!” in English.
There is never a time that we can’t draw near to our merciful Father. His love for us doesn’t waver according to our behavior.
It is not my intent to encourage a loose appreciation of God’s love and grace, but to encourage us to honor our relationship with Him. So while we’re spending time with God, let’s also allow Him to conform us to His image, so that we don’t fall into sin as easily.
How would your opinion of yourself change if you accepted, as fact, that you are – unreservedly – God’s beloved child?
Let’s live as if we know Who our Father is. It could make a difference in making today a better day!
What about you?
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- Do you know God as your compassionate Father, possibly even as a loving Daddy?
- Are you able to go to Him when you need Him the most (when you’ve fallen into sin or made (another!) bad choice?
- Did you make a February goal? If so, how is it going?