love of the father!

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).

God has extended His love not only as a God of creation but also as a loving Father. He has given us the spirit of adoption enabling us to call Him ‘Abba, Father.’ (Romans 8:15). You are not an orphan or a destitute or someone left alone in the world. There is a Heavenly Father who loves you. You are the children of the King of kings.

There was a friend to me who had lost his father at a very early stage. In his youth days, he had no one to control him and thus he roamed about at his free will with no restraint. He was caught in all sinful temptations. One day when I went to give him advice, he said with tears “You have a father to guide you with love. But I am deprived of father’s love and this made me to choose the paths of sin.”

During many occasions our hearts slump when we come across orphan children. What a blessing it is for a child to have a good father! The children of God addressed God with love “But now, O Lord, you are our Father” (Isaiah 64:8). “As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him” (Psalm 103:13). “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me” (Palm 27:10).

When an old lady questioned a small boy whether he was the son of God or satan, the boy replied without any hesitation that he was the son of Christ. When she put forward the next question whether in that case, he had read the Scripture and prayed, it made the boy run away.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Mathew 5:9). “… good to those who hate you and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven” (Mathew 5:44, 45). Further, when the children of Israel were in Egypt, they were like orphans and toiled as slaves to the Egyptians. They were subjected to bands of the yoke to carry out most laborious tasks by Pharaoh and his taskmasters. But God mercifully broke the bondage with the blood of the Passover lamb and brought in the deliverance.
Similar to this, at one stage, we too were slaves to the world, flesh and satan. Jesus said, “Whoever commits sin is a slave of sin” (John 8:34).

Jesus broke the bondage of sin with His sacrificial offering at Calvary and made us free. “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15).

To meditate: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Romans 8:14).