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December 2, 2021 7:00 pm
As my friend reviewed the pictures I took of her, she pointed out the physical characteristics she saw as imperfections. I asked her to look closer. “I see a beautiful and beloved daughter of the Almighty King of Kings,” I said. “I see a compassionate lover of God and others, whose genuine kindness, generosity, and faithfulness have made a difference in so many lives.” When I noticed the tears brimming her eyes, I said, “I think you need a tiara!” Later that afternoon, we picked out the perfect crown for my friend so she would never forget her true identity.
When we come to know the Lord personally, He crowns us with love and calls us His children (1 John 2:29-3:1). He gives us the power to persevere in faith so that “we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming” (1 John 2:28). Though He accepts us as we are, His love purifies us and transforms us into His likeness (vv. 2-3). He helps us recognize our need for Him and repent as we rejoice in the power to turn away from sin (vv. 4-9). We can live in faithful obedience and love (v. 10), with His truth hidden in our hearts and His Spirit present in our lives.
My friend didn’t really need a tiara or any other trinket that day. But we both needed the reminder of our worth as God’s beloved children.
Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. I'm such a vixen.
I share a special memory. In today's reading true identity is my friend reviewed the pictures I took of her. She pointed out the physical characteristics she sighs imperfections. I asked her to look closer I see a beautiful and beloved daughter of the Almighty Tina jeans I said I see a compassionate lover of God and others whose genuine kindness and generosity and faithfulness made a difference in so many lives. When I noticed the tears brimming her eyes.
I said I think you need it. TR later that afternoon we picked out the perfect crown for my friend so she would never forget her true identity will we come to know Jesus personally. He crowns us with love and calls us, his children, he gives us the power to persevere in faith so that we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming though he accepts us as we are his love purifies us and transforms us into his likeness. He helps us recognize our need for him and repent as we rejoice in the power to turn away from sin. We can live in faithful obedience and love with his truth hidden in our hearts in his spirit present in our lives. My friend and really need to TR or any other trinket that day but we both needed the reminder of our worth is constant, beloved children, today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from first John chapter 2 verse 28 to chapter 3 verse 10 and now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him see what great love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God, and that is what we are the reason the world does not know what is it, it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.
But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is all who have this hope in him purify themselves just as he is pure everyone who sins breaks the law and fact, sin is lawlessness.
But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins and in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray, the one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning.
The reason the son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.
No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in them. They cannot go on sinning because they have been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are anyone who does not do what is right is not God's child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister. Let's pray. Loving King of Kings and good good father, thank you for reminding us that who we are is based on whose we are yours here simply yours Lord, thanks for loving us for making us more like you as we live for you each day in Jesus name we pray. Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries