1 John 3:1-3
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
Do you see how much the Father, the One true God, loves you? He chose you to be His child and forgave your sin by sending His Son to die on the cross to pay the penalty for your sin. Dying for a sinful person is an expression of the greatest love.
God the Father loves each of His children with the greatest love. Each of us who have repented of our sins and believed the gospel are His children. The world does not recognize us as the children of the One true God because the people of the world do not know Him.
John rightly calls the children of God “Beloved”. We need to call God’s children “Beloved” and remember that is what we are, His beloved child. As God’s children we await a new body that will replace this physical body infected by sin and appointed to die. We do not know what our new body will look like, but do know it will be like the body Jesus has when He returns for us. Our certain hope is that we will be free from the propensity to sin when Jesus returns and removes us even from the presence of sin. Each of us who has this hope of a new body free from sin purifies himself now even as Jesus is pure, that is as Jesus is free from sin.
How do we purify ourselves from sin while we wait for Jesus’ sure return?
We first recognize the need to purify ourselves by acknowledging we have sinned. We then need to repent of our sins, confess them to the Lord Jesus and receive His cleansing from all unrighteousness. After we are cleansed then we need to live by faith in Jesus. We live by faith by learning His word, attempting to live according to it while expecting Him to fulfill our attempt with His power.
How does this passage of scripture say believers are to daily live?
How are you daily living?
As you compare how you are daily living with how God’s word says you are to daily live, what changes or growth do you need to make?
After you identify the changes or growth, begin to make the changes by faith in Jesus. Do not quit until the changes have become a part of your life. Remember, you are what God the Father calls His children, "BELOVED."
May you know you are God's beloved and live like it today.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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