“Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Mt. 18:2-4………

One day I began to think about what it really looks like to be a child in the presence of a loving father. We who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord are children of our heavenly Father, God almighty. When we turn from a lifestyle of sin and believe Jesus died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, truly surrendering our lives to God and His ways, we are forgiven and given everlasting life. We are adopted into God’s forever family as His beloved children. When Jesus tells us to be humble like children before Him, He makes so very clear how very important this concept of children is.

What do you think of when you think of a loving child in a beautiful, healthy, abundant, safe, lovely, wonderful, fulfilling relationship with his or her beloved father? I think of this.

* love and devotion
* commitment
* trust
* relationship
* eagerness
* passion
* excitement
* wanting to spend time together
* looking forward to seeing each other
* sharing
* giving and receiving
* pleasure
* joy
* laughter
* enjoyment
* thankfulness
* obedience
* expecting correction
* a feeling of safety and security
* learning and growing
* encouragement
* being proud of each other
* telling others about each other with excitement and thankfulness
* experiencing life together
* humility
* looking to the parent as a role model
* looking up to the parent
* submission to the parent
* honoring the parent
* respecting the parent
* trusting the loving parents to love and care for and provide for us patiently and compassionately and devotedly!

Oh, I could keep writing and writing when I think of a loving relationship between child and parent. Many of us, myself included, have been deeply and dearly hurt concerning relationships with our earthly parents. We are all fallible humans, after all. But the Lord is perfect, and as such He is the perfect Father.

How do we relate to the Lord as His dear children? May we humble ourselves before Him and desire and strive toward being children who bring love, praise, honor, and glory to the best Father in the universe! Almighty God!

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