Last evening during our prayer time at church I was directed to 1 John 3. I just felt that I needed to read something…the pastor had not mentioned these verses lately, so I believe I was directed by the spirit within me to this passage.

“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.” 1 John‬ ‭3:1-3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Do we see how MUCH the Father loves us? Do we really see that? Or do we roll through life acknowledging God but not really comprehending the vastness of His love for us rebellious humans. His desire to be in fellowship with our spirit man forced Him to send Jesus to earth to become one of us. A piece of himself torn out and sent in a human form to speak and show us how we should be.

Then one day, those who have believed Christ and accept this God given gift of salvation will see Christ return and we will be like him for we will see him as he is. This is our blessed hope!

What kind of joy is this? Being adopted into God’s family and made a joint heir with Christ? Really??? This song by Steven Curtis Chapman kind of sums it up.

Anybody in their right mind

Would’ve given up their preaching and headed for home

They’ve been warned a hundred times

But something inside them keeps giving them hope

And just when you think they’d be crying

Instead of the tears, there’s joy in their eyes

What kind of joy is this

That counts it a blessing to suffer

What kind of joy is this

That gives the prisoner his song

What kind of joy could stare death in the face

And see it as sweet victory

This is the joy of a soul that’s forgiven and free

Anybody else with his pain

Would want to shake their fist at heaven

And give up the fight

‘Cause trouble had been Paul’s middle name

Ever since he’d been captured by God’s blinding light

But just when his hope should be dying

If you listen you’ll hear him singing a song

What kind of joy is this

The Father has promised his children

What kind of joy is this

That Jesus has come to reveal

What kind of joy could give hope in this world

To someone just like you and me

This is the joy of a soul that’s forgiven and free

I’ve found this joy for my soul is forgiven and free

Awesome joy can be found by the soul that’s forgiven and free.

“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.” Romans‬ ‭8:15-16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Yes! We are God’s children bought with a price. The vastness of God’s love brings us the opportunity to experience true joy. That makes me want to praise the God of all gods for His wonderful grace and mercy He poured out upon us. Hallelujah!!!! Thank you God!

Be blessed…

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