“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.”

1 John 3:1

Those that have been born of God, meaning those that practice righteousness are now called “children of God.” Righteousness begins by faith and ends in love. That is the reason we are told to behold i.e. to see what great love the Father has bestowed upon us. What we are to sense, see and marvel at is the great love God has given us.

Love is agape denoting divine or the highest form of love. Our Father has given us an out of this world love. The whole wonderful plan of salvation begins with God. While we were His enemies, God loved us and sent His Son to die for us (Rom. 5:8). His love is so great that by the new birth experience we are now related to the One who is the Divine Creator of the Universe, and can call him Father.

 We receive from Christ a new nature, a godly nature, and thus are called children of God. We do not expect the world to understand this thrilling relationship because it does not even understand God. This love and resulting sonship is foreign to the world. Only a person who knows God through Christ can appreciate what it means to be called a child of God.

Unfortunately we have become so accustomed to expecting God’s love that we no longer stand in awe before it. In fact, we actually take it for granted. We even think of it as something God owes us. But the wise men and women of old and those today who truly experience its fullness, stand in awe of it. It astounds them. May we once again meditate and contemplate upon the love of God for us until it astounds us once again and we stand in awe of it.

We can be confident of God’s unfailing love because He has proven it beyond all question on the cross. We have been reborn into the family of God and as His children are recipients of our Father’s love. This amazing love has made us children of the King.

Garment of Praise

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Oluyemisi Onanuga

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