The Spirit of Sonship Keeps Me Safe and Sound

“A Home for a Teenager” is a great story about a man who met a foster kid on a plane one day.  Little did his wife know that the girl would one day be her daughter.  This is a vivid reminder of our adoption into the family of God through the blood of Christ.  This excerpt brought tears to my eyes as it touched that part of my heart that tends to be insecure and unsure of my Father’s covenant love for me.

After arguing over homework one afternoon, Annette found her daughter and apologized.

Christina responded by throwing herself into Annette’s arms, sobbing, “If this had happened anywhere else, I’d have been sent away.”

“I told her, ‘You’re our child. We don’t send our children away,'” Annette recalls.

In Romans 8 the Apostle Paul reminds us that those of us who are in Christ “have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!'”” (vs.15) and that “the Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (vs. 16).  Because we have that secure place in the family of God through faith in Christ and the indwelling Spirit, we can preach this Good News to our insecure and unsure hearts:

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died-more than that, who was raised-who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Read the entire story about Christina and her new family here. And keep some Kleenex close by!

[HT:  Today’s Christian Woman ]

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