What if I Don't Feel Like God's Child? (6 of 12) by Jonathan McLeod

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What if I Don't Feel Like God's Child? (6 of 12)
Series: Authentic
Jonathan McLeod
1 John 2:28-3:10

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God (3:2).

SCRIPTURE READING

Throughout 1 John, the apostle John exposes those who think they are children of God but really aren't and reassures those who doubt they are children of God but really are.

[Read 1 John 2:28-3:10.]

AM I GOOD ENOUGH?

Some of the world's most talented people struggle with insecurity. Musician Taylor Swift has said, ''I doubt myself 400,000 times per 10-minute interval.'' Actor and rapper Will Smith has admitted, ''I still doubt myself every single day. What people believe is my self-confidence is actually my reaction to fear.'' Actress Kate Winslet has confessed, ''Sometimes I wake up in the morning before going off to a shoot, and I think, I can't do this; I'm a fraud. They're going to fire me.''

Many Christians struggle with insecurity. They think, ''If I don't feel like a child of God, maybe I'm not. Maybe I never was.'' What if I don't feel like God's child? Why do we sometimes doubt that we are God's children? We think we might not be good enough.

Nobody is GOOD ENOUGH to be a child of God.

But we can be God's children because of what Christ did for us, not what we do for God. ''To all who did receive [Christ], who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God'' (John 1:12-13; cf. 3:3).

REASSURING GOD'S IMPERFECT CHILDREN

In 2:28-3:10, John gives us three truths about God's imperfect children.

1. God's children aren't perfect, but we are LOVED by God.

We should be amazed by the love of God for us: ''See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God'' (3:1). God's kind of love is a sacrificial love. He demonstrated his love for us by sending his Son to die f ...


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