How often we say this. . . in church. . . when bidding good-bye! This rolls off our tongues with such ease. However, have we really given thought to how deep these four words really go in our relationships with ourselves, other people and with God? Paul writes to the Romans, “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are children of God (8:16).”
Paul makes no exceptions; neither does Jesus; nor does God. The promise is all of us are children of God. And this is repeated throughout our New Testament. Jesus teaches us throughout His life; He does this by words and deeds. He invites a simple request, a simple open invitation: we are invited to live with goodness, mercy, justice, unselfishness and love within us. This is God within us! This is Truth and Life within us!
God created both male and female in His image. Period! No exceptions! We are all perfect in God’s eyes; can we be perfect in each other’s eyes? God, Jesus, and Paul invite us to act like true children of God. Life is God. Life and Truth are gifts from God, reenforced in the life of Jesus and explained in Paul’s writings. We are created in Love, by Love. All of us are gracious gifts from God. How lucky we are!
Peace be with you, my brothers and sisters.
©Russell Kendall Carter