Devotional by Stephen Estock

November 4, 2013

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, 
that we should be called children of God; and so we are.
(1 John 3:1 ESV)

The kind of love the Father has given to us is a purifying love. The voices of our world are quick to declare that love means giving me the freedom to live as I want. The love of God is different; it is a genuine love that cleanses us of our sin legally based on the sacrifice of Christ and actually as the Holy Spirit builds within us the pure character of Christ. Daily temptation is so draining, especially when the struggle is with a besetting sin. Hope lies in the purifying love of God that will not abandon me in my struggle. My powerful Savior meets me to apply afresh the transforming work of the Lamb of God.