PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 5:43-48
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“That you may be children of your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:45)
I am a child of God – created and restored by Jesus as God’s child.
To be God’s child is to be “in His own likeness, in His own image” (Genesis 1:26).
Jesus is “the image of God” (Colossians 1:15), a God-like child of God!
By His self-giving love we are restored, and in His love we are called to live.
To reflect His Love, compassion, kindness, self-sacrifice, humility, forgiveness.
To freely share God’s grace, as freely as God shares the rain on ALL people.
This is not something we can do in our own strength, we need His help.
Which is why the Spirit of love, joy, peace, etc. was given to us.
Like Adam and Eve, we are equipped with the Breath of God to live like Him. (Genesis 2:7)
Jesus is NOT telling us what we must do in order to be restored (‘saved’).
Jesus is showing what we will want to do BECAUSE we are restored as God’s children.
I want to be a child of God, to live and love “in His own likeness, in His own image!”
This does not come naturally, I am still very selfish… but I do want it.
The more we soak in His love and kindness, the more we will make others wet with it!
Lord, I was made to reign with You, to shower Your world with goodness, kindness and love. I can’t do this without Your help. As I soak in Your blessing, may I make others wet with it!