1 John 3:1 (NLT)
1See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.
1 John 4:18 (NLT)
18Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.
It took me a long time to come to God. I felt it was hard to get involved in a church, and that God was almost never there. It wasn’t until I moved that I was blessed with great people in my life to really get to know God. It still took me awhile, but I started reading His word, praying, and getting to know Him. I still felt like He wasn’t there, though. I felt He wasn’t really listening to my prayers, and He didn’t care.
Finally, it dawned upon me during a worship night. We are children of God!
It may seem lame at first, but I started thinking, and it’s pretty amazing. We could’ve been God’s slaves or servants, but we are His children! He loves us no matter what, just like a mother or father does. But I didn’t know this until I came to Him. Some people, maybe even you, may be feeling lonely or afraid but He’s always there. Your fear can never be as big as His love.
So, don’t worry, God’s love will always be there. Memorize 1 John 4:18, and remember that God’s love triumphs over all fear.
The author is a middle school student from Florida.
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