THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2017
BEING CHILDREN OF GOD
Today’s reading: 1 John 3:7-10
Unity is a characteristic of those who are truly children
of God. They have one Father, they have one Lord, they are
animated by one Spirit. They are truly brothers and sisters
to one another. They are one family, the very family of God.
So they are one in Christ.
the other hand, there are those who should be children of
God, but who become children of the devil. They are those
who persist in sin. This is not just about those who kill,
steal or have illicit sexual relationships, but also about
those who on the surface look like good Christians but who
enter into such works of the flesh as rivalry, jealousy, dissensions,
factions, envy, gossip, slander. They think they are right
with God, but they are not right with their brethren, and
so are not right with God.
let no one deceive you.” (v.7a). It is not what you
think that makes you right with God, but what God’s
word teaches you. Here are two basic principles: One, “Whoever
sins belongs to the devil” (v.8a). Two, “No one
who is begotten by God commits sin” (v.9a). “In
this way, the children of God and the children of the devil
are made plain” (v.10a). Whose child then are you?
are two distinguishing aspects in determining this. First,
holiness. “No one who fails to act in righteousness
belongs to God” (v.10b). To belong to God is to love
Him with all our mind, heart, soul and strength. When we do
so, then we strive to be righteous in every thought and act.
Then we become holy. We are to be holy as God is holy. We
are set apart, destined for eternal life in heaven.
fraternal love. Among those who do not belong to God is “anyone
who does not love his brother.” (v.10c). If we love
God, then we must love those whom He loves, especially those
whom He has made His children. We belong to the one family
of God. We care for one another as our Father would care for
them. We do not speak ill of them or do them harm. We look
out for their interests.
ultimately unites us? What makes us one in Christ? It is loving
God and loving our neighbor. It is living out the two greatest