Thursday, August 3, 2017

1 John 4:4 -- On Children of God

"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."
1 John 4:4

I really like several things about this first.  First of all, the lesson that we are little children of God.  Being of God is critical to remembering how awesome we can become, and that we are connected to God in real ways, not playthings or afterthoughts.  And being children, although it almost seems opposed to that, is actually complementary, helping us understand that we need to be humble and open to learning.  We are the seeds of greatness, but we haven't really stretched our branches yet, and we need to learn to weather the storms so that we can endure and grow up tall and strong and good.

I also like the idea of overcoming the evil in the world and the trials of life because God is greater than anything that could stand against us, and he is in us... part of us... because we are of God.

Today, let's remember to seek the Spirit and to pray and to maintain our connection to God carefully.  With it, life is much better than without.  Doesn't mean the storms won't come, but it does help us weather them, and learn from our experiences rather than growing bitter.  Let's remember God is with us if we repent and do well and welcome him into our lives.  Let's stick with him, and overcome the world.

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