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Beloved Children Of God

“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; But whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” 1 John 2:1-6 (NASB)
Christian good works flow from a Christian’s identity. You only get apples from an apple tree. You can’t pick apples from a thorn bush! Our being precedes our doing.
Sometimes people say, “Well, we may be members of different denominations, but we are all working to go to the same place.” But Christians are not those who are working hard to get somewhere or to make the grade with God; we are those who have arrived! We are not nobodies earnestly trying to become somebodies. We are royalty, God’s own beloved children.
We don’t have to spend our lives trying to prove our love for God because in Jesus God had proved His love for us. This makes all the difference.
So our good deeds are done because we are God’s children, not in order to be God’s children. We are simply trying to live in accordance with who we are.
“Everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:3). We are surprised to find that, day by day, in our attempt to live the Christian life, to simply be whom we are called to be, we become as we have been called–beloved children of God.
We are those who are given a hope and, because of that hope, live lives which are determined by it. It is a hope which does not let us go, even in–especially in–our sin. Even when we betrayed Him, He did not cease calling us His children.

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