“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure” (1 John 3:1-3).
What can we say about the love of God?
There is no love like the love of God.
It’s “love divine, all loves excelling.”
In love, God calls us his children.
Do we deserve to be called God’s children?
Of course, we don’t!
Again and again, we have failed our Lord.
God has done something about our sin.
He has sent his Son to be our Saviour.
Jesus has died “for our sins” (1 John 2:2).
Our sin speaks out against us.
It tells us that there is no hope for us.
The blood of Jesus speaks out for us.
It tells us that we have been “cleansed.”
“The blood of Jesus, God’s Son, keeps on cleansing us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
In the light of the cross of Christ, we ask the question,
“Is there any hope for us?”
Our sin says, “No.”
Our Saviour says, “Yes.”
We listen to the voice of our Saviour.
It’s the voice of his love.
His love reaches us and changes us.
We hear his words of love,
“When Christ appears, we shall be like him.”
With this blessed hope to give us encouragement,
Let us pray, “Lord Jesus, make me more like you.”