You are a CHILD of God!
What does it mean to be a child of God? The following verses related to the acrostic CHILD will help you understand this very unique relationship and how God is working in your life.
Because you are a CHILD of God, He:
» Conforms you to Christ’s character
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (Romans 8:29, NIV)
» Hears you when you pray
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him. (1 John 5:14,15, NIV).
» Indwells you with His Spirit
And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” (Galatians 4:6, NLT).
» Loves you unconditionally
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! (1 John 3:1, NLT).
» Disciplines you lovingly
And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children?d He said, “My child,don’t make light of the LORD’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”
As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever?
For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. (Hebrews 12:5-11, NLT)