See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!
I John 3:1
I don’t know how John could have contained himself when he wrote this verse. It has to be one of the most celebratory verses in the entire Bible. John understood the significance of being a child of God and implored us to understand it, too. With the excitement of a child on Christmas morning, John exclaims, “See how very much our father loves us!” Can you see it? There are four points to notice. First, “how very much.” God’s love for us is unfathomable. John wants us to see and examine the concept that God loves us very much and to believe it. Second is the phrase “our.” John is getting personal. He isn’t talking about a God beyond our grasp, an impersonal Deity. Instead, John says this is “our” Father, leading to the third point. God is our “Father.” Not a dysfunctional or absentee parent. He is our loving, faithful, and trustworthy Father. Finally, John shares that this Father, who calls us His children, also “loves us” very much. Knowing this should change everything. When you know someone loves you, you trust them. You want to be with them. You want to share in their life. Today, I pray that you will grasp with the Apostle John how wonderful it is to know that the Father loves you. Rest assured, you have been called “Child of God,” and this is what you are!
Dear Father, thank You for loving me and making me Your child. What a privilege to know You! What a joy to be Yours! May Your love fill my heart and guide my thoughts today. In Jesus’ name.