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Children of God                                                   8/19/21

     No matter what kind of earthly family we came from, we have the wonderful knowledge that God has adopted us into a loving family that is far more beautiful than anything we can imagine, both in our relationship to God and to each other.

One Scripture about this is, “How great is the love that the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.” (I John 3:1)  

    Jesus, just after the last supper, said, “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you are to love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” (John 13:34)  

   God,  our  heavenly Father who loves perfectly, has chosen to adopt us as sons and daughters.  His family is diverse but unified, tied together by sacrificial love.  We love our brothers and sisters in Christ with a deep and abiding love that mirrors imperfectly the love of our Father in Christ. 

    However imperfect our parents were, or how imperfect we are as parents, we are blessed in being able to be part of the family of God, loved by our Father in heaven and striving to do his will as obedient children.                         Mary S.

One Way, One Path

Rambling through woods, there’s often a pathway that provides a reliable route.  Jeremiah the prophet appealed to a rebellious people  Jeremiah 6:16 “Thus says the Lord: ‘…ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls.’  But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’” 

Baffling attitude - Here is a proven path to travel, and the destination is desirable, But some chose to take a strange path that leads to who-knows-where. 

To reject the way of the Lord is certain to end badly.

Jesus made a similar appeal in Matthew 7:13,14: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it,  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” 

We each have a choice; which path will we choose?

Early American settlers followed Daniel Boone’s lead because he had found a route into the West through Cumberland Gap.  Jesus has blazed the only trail John 14:6 that leads to the Father.  Those who are wise will heed His appeal to follow Him; see Matthew 16:24,25.

Sadly, the path Jesus has identified that leads from earth to heaven has been forgotten by many who by seeking to find their own way will miss the greatest blessings possible. 

Adapted from Tim Hall, minister in Tennessee.  Provided by Mary Sheridan