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. 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. I John 3:1-2.
Reading this scripture today, reminds me of the ‘inside-out’ joy God gives us through Jesus Christ, His Son. This on joy earth is a taste of the Eternal Joy we will enjoy for an eternity with God the Father. To be called the children of God, staying away from evil and hoping in Him brings this joy that grows throughout life.
To be a Child of God is to know The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by his love; He will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I Thessalonians 5:16-18.
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11. And then Jesus came. He came to bring us salvation and the promise of peace. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27
How precious is your steadfast love, O God! We search for You!
And everyone who thus hopes in Him purifies himself as He is pure. I John 3:3