And a voice from heaven said:
This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.
After John had baptised Jesus, Jesus saw Heaven open and the Spirit of God descended on Him like a dove. And God said to Jesus, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Have you ever heard that from your father or mother? “My beloved child! You please me well!”
God says it of you and me. Yet we have great difficulty in really accepting it. We see our faults and failures and cannot believe it. God says the same of our neighbour, our spouse, our colleague at work, the washed-up alcoholic, the drug addict, the prostitute: “My beloved child!” – and we can sooner believe that than for ourselves.
It helps me to see the other person as a child. Actually, an adult is like a child, only bigger and with many good and bad experiences. But he still feels the same way. What he needed as a child, dear words, he still needs today.
It is not hard for us to think of a child: a beloved child of God! – and so we imagine others and ourselves as a child, and we realise that God loves them, even me when I was a child. Sin has deformed us, but Jesus wants to take that away, so that we can become child-like again, naive, pure, happy.
God is pleased with children, and also with us. He likes the way we speak, sing, dance and are happy. He even likes us to be puffed up: I am the greatest! He smiles at us. (There is still time for education).
Yes, imagine how you were as a little child, and then see that God loves you and is still faithful and pursues you, seeks you, until you find your way back to His heart.
“The love of God has been poured out into our hearts,” says Romans 5:5, and so, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will be able to accept the forgiveness of our sin, and feel and believe the love of God, and then become joyful, grateful and full of action again. HE is so loving, concerned and caring for us!!! Wonderful!
Thank You Jesus, You have cleared the way. You came to us as a human being and showed us how much God loves us! Thank You! Help me to see other people as You see them and to love them too.