Identity: Child of God
Being a child of God: it’s all about love and grace.
In my last blog, I talked about how our identity is firmly rooted in being beloved daughters of God. God longs to love us, that’s why He made us. When we doubt God’s love for us, all we have to do is look to the cross as evidence of the strength and power of this perfect love. What amazing hope we have in the truth of these words from Romans 8:38-39:
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
But you may be asking yourself: What difference does this unconditional love make?
1. If God does not condemn us, we have no need to condemn ourselves.
Since nothing can separate us from the love of God, nothing you do is beyond God’s forgiveness. It can be hard not to beat ourselves up when we recognise something we’ve done wrong, but what a relief it is to know that we don’t need to, for God’s love remains with us in the fullest. ___________________________________
2. God can’t love us any more than He does now, so we don’t need to place so much pressure on ourselves to achieve.
It is God’s grace that sets us free, and grace is an amazing FREE gift! He lavishes His love upon us even though we have done nothing to deserve it, and every time we slip into the mind-set that we could earn a little more by doing good, we are failing to fully appreciate the wonder of His grace. Let’s have an attitude of gratitude for the wonders of God, not a yearning for earning His love. ___________________________________
3. This emphasis on God rather than ourselves reminds us that He transforms us; we can’t become who God created us to be by trying really hard.
I find this so comforting because the pressure is off me. We just need to look to the Holy Spirit. And as Christians with our identity in being beloved daughters of God, the Holy Spirit dwells within us, incredibly allowing us to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2). That is how you can know what God’s will is and become who He wants you to be. ___________________________________
The Holy Spirit will give us a glimpse at ourselves through God’s eyes, and God’s perspective is the good perspective. It’s the way to knowing God better, to knowing who you truly are better, to understanding more of the love of God, and to living life by his will. Listen – He has some wonderful things to say about you!
And how do we respond to this? With devotion to our loving Father and a worshipful life.
I’ll talk more in my next blog about what that might look like.
Emma studied Modern Languages at Durham University, and now works for King's Church Durham. She has loved the chance to encourage girls through these posts for More Precious!