I found a new favorite verse in the bible:
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!”
I have heard before that we are children of God, and of course that sounds wonderful. But tonight the part that struck me was that we “did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear.” God does not want slaves. He does not want us to choose Him out of fear. To me, the Old Testament often seems full of fear.
God sent His Son and His Spirit so that we would know His love. His Spirit surrounds us, not to force us into a relationship with God, for what kind of a relationship would that be. (Can a slave love his master, or is he always looking for the day when he can get away, when he is finally free.) But rather the Spirit is a constant reminder that God chooses us. He willingly adopts us. He is not stuck with us like a birth parent might be. Not only did He create us, but even with all of our faults and sins, He chooses us again and again every day. He sent His Spirit to lead us to Him, if we choose to follow, so that we can have a real relationship with Him, so that we can run to him like an innocent child runs to her father crying “daddy” as we leap into His arms, with total confidence, trust and the purest love.
Forgive me for turning away. Send your Spirit to lead me and guide me. I want to be with you!