God’s Love Working in Us: The Fruit of a Nourished Heart

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I remember when each of my children was born.  Each birth was very different from the others and each one of my children was unique.  But there were common denominators with each newborn experience.

  1. MY LOVE: I felt an intense, overwhelming love for each new baby. I loved each of my children before I laid eyes on them but once they were in my arms, I would have stepped in front of a gun to protect them from harm.  Even by the fourth child, I wasn’t “ho-hum” about my new baby.  I loved and cherished him just as much as the first one – I was just a lot more tired!
  2. THEIR NEED: As newborns, each one of my children needed me. They couldn’t live without me.  I did everything for them from feeding them, changing diapers, soothing them when they were startled, to waking up at every hour of the night to meet their needs.  Their father helped as well, but the lion’s share of the “life support” came from me.  And no matter how tired I was, I was always overjoyed to gaze at that little face looking up at me, needing me, glad that I was there to make them feel safe and happy.
  3. MY DNA: Each one of my children was mine. Even though they each looked different, they were my children. I gave birth to them so they had my DNA running in their veins.  Some look more like me than others, but they are ALL mine!  And that feeling of connectedness has impacted me since the day of their birth.  I have made choices because of them that I would not have made for anyone else on the planet.

In 1 Peter 1 and 2, Peter talks to the church about the new birth that we experience as children of God.  At the end of chapter 1 going into chapter 2, Peter outlines how the Father has made us children of God and because of that, we can expect that our nature will change.  Because His DNA is running through our veins, we can now act and think like him.

 You have been reborn—not from seed that eventually dies but from seed that is eternal—through the word of God that lives and endures forever. (1 Peter 1:23, The Voice)  

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