Read: 1 John 3:1-2

Jesus welcomed people into his own family. He invited his disciples to call God Father. Even the best human father’s love is just a shadow of our heavenly Father’s wise and tender care for his children.

Heavenly Father, thank you that you have adopted me as your child—and that you did it out of love.

Read (1 John 3:1–2)
The benefits of trusting in Jesus Christ start today—we are children of God now—but these benefits carry into an eternal future.

Think about the ideal human father. What does a good father do for his children? How does he show them love? Now consider that God wants to have that kind of relationship with you. How does this idea make you feel? How could such a relationship change how you feel about your present circumstances?

Does it seem too good to believe that you are God’s loved child? Perhaps in moments of brutal honesty with yourself, you feel unloveable. It takes faith to believe the too-good-to-be-true news of today’s Scripture passage. Memorizing or meditating on today’s passage can go a long way in helping you believe this good news. Try it, then prayerfully ask God to give you faith to believe it.

We would like to thank American Bible Society for providing this plan.