Do you have that blessed assurance that you are in fact a child of God? Fanny Crosby, who happened to be blind, wrote the lyrics of Blessed Assurance, that ageless Christian song that opens like this:
~Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of his Spirit, washed in his blood~
Wow! We can have this kind of blessed assurance simply by trusting God’s word and what it says.
In 1 John 4:12-21, we learn that we can have a personal blessed assurance in regard to our faith. As we walk in love, abiding in Him, the Holy Spirit assures us that we belong to God (v. 12-13, 16). In other words, Christ-like love that grows in our hearts serves as proof that God has indeed given us life and that we belong to Him. This assurance is only available to those who confess Jesus as the Son of God (v. 14-15).
With this kind of assurance, we need not fear judgment (v. 17-18) because we know that God in His love has poured out His judgment upon His Son Jesus on our behalf. Thus we are free to walk with Him and to continually demonstrate our love for Him by loving others (v. 19-21). Let’s walk with solid assurance as we grow in our love for God and as we express our love for Him by loving and serving others!
Bible Verse of Day
~If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us~ 1John 4:15,16