We are Adopted Children

This post is in honor of National Adoption Day, which is every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.


We were born strangers and orphans, yet God adopted us.

adoption-1057639_1920He said “…I will be a father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters…” 2 Corinthians 6:18

He is “…a father to the fatherless…” Psalm 68: 5, 6

In Him “…the fatherless find compassion.” Hosea 14:3

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans…”  James 1: 27


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“Those who accept Christ… are not left as orphans, to bear the trials of life alone. He receives them as members of the heavenly family; He bids them call His Father their Father. They are His “little ones,” dear to the heart of God, bound to Him by the most tender and abiding ties. He has toward them an exceeding tenderness, as far surpassing what our father or mother has felt toward us in our helplessness as the divine is above the human.”

 

adoption-177427_1920“Christ loves the heavenly beings that surround His throne; but what shall account for the great love wherewith He has loved us? We cannot understand it, but we can know it true in our own experience. And if we do hold the relation of kinship to Him, with what tenderness should we regard those who are brethren and sisters of our Lord! Should we not be quick to recognize the claims of our divine relationship? Adopted into the family of God, should we not honor our Father and our kindred?”  The Desire of Ages, page 327


I am grateful to the Warner family for sharing their photos with me.

 

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  2 comments for “We are Adopted Children

  1. Nancy
    November 17, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Thanks for the reminder. I really need it. God always brings these quotes to mind when I’m begrudgingly helping or interacting with a difficult person – because they’re rough, or super stinky, or loud and rude, or full of lice (my favorite)… and I’m always like, *sigh*… ok Lord I see my attitude, this is my sister/brother. What an amazing love He has for us. It will be a thrill someday when I realize I was automatically thinking loving thoughts towards them without God having to nudge me… Or use a more drastic measure to get my attention!

    • Rose Warner
      November 17, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      Nancy, I need to be reminded that we are all brothers/sisters even with my own family. I am glad the Lord keeps nudging us.I trust His pruning will bear fruit. :)

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