We are His sons and daughters
“I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 6:18 – 7:1
Filthiness of the flesh, wronged, corrupted and cheating others. These are the ideas Paul suggested that the Corinthians cleanse themselves from. Notice he doesn’t say that God is going to do this for them, they are the ones that are to do it. This encouragement is for us today, too. Thankfully, we are not alone in the process. When we ask our heavenly Father for help, we are empowered by His Spirit to be cleansed from all filthiness. It means that we step away from the old way of living and become new.
You too have the help of the Holy Spirit, but there comes a time in your relationship with God that you begin to do things because of who you are in Christ Jesus, not because what you can get from God by being good. For example, Paul says to cleanse yourself from all filthiness. When you are trying to step away from the worlds influence and you want to begin to take on better habits because you know it is the right thing to do, you try to create new habits. In contrast when you become a child of God and recognize that you are part of His family, now you have become a different person. Not in controlling your habits, but in becoming part of the kingdom of heaven family. You take on your royal personality.
Let me put it this way. Before you accepted Jesus into your life as Lord and Savior, you were an orphan. You were stolen away from your real Father and left to survive on your own. Then, you acted like an orphan. You didn’t have a home, you didn’t have a name and you didn’t have a family. You acted like all the other orphans, alone and afraid with no one to care for you or look out for your best interests. When you received Jesus, you stepped back into your family with God. You are now back home with your loving Father. Now you know who you belong to and who you were created to be. You now have someone who is always looking out for you, and He will take care of all your needs. He loves you unconditionally. You are no longer afraid, and you are no longer lost. You are safe with your Heavenly Father in the royal family of God. You know where your home is with Him and you dwell there confidently. Now you take on a new view of life and you walk in the ways of righteousness because of who you are not because of obeying a set of rules.
When you go to work, you do things honestly and uprightly because you are a child of God, not because of the company’s regulations. When you go home you love your family and the people around you because you belong to the kingdom of heaven, not because you are trying to be a good “Christian.” When you go to church you go because you want to fellowship and encourage others in your family, not because it is what you are supposed to do because you are a “Christian”. You get my point. You began to live life God’s way because you are like your Father in heaven.
Today I want to encourage you to put away the filthiness of the flesh. Put away your old worldly habits. Get rid of the cares of this world that drag you down. Don’t be that person that becomes angry and offended because of others, be the person that makes a difference in the world by loving others the way your Father loves you. Start to live your life like a child of God because that is who you are not because you are trying to be a good person. Your Father is looking out for you best interest, so you don’t have to. Instead, you can look out for His best interest and start bringing more of His lost children back into the kingdom, safe at home with our loving heavenly Father.
Today’s scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 7:1-7
“I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Open your hearts to us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have cheated no one. I do not say this to condemn; for I have said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together. Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort. I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation. For indeed, when we came to Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were troubled on every side. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears. Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming, but also by the consolation with which he was comforted in you, when he told us of your earnest desire, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced even more.