There are so many versions of the Bible out these days; I like to read through different ones at times to see what God may speak to me from them. I ran across these verses in The Passion Translation the other day and I thought it was great.
Romans 8:14-16— The mature children of God are those who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit. And you did not receive the “spirit of religious duty,” leading you back into the fear of never being good enough. But you have received the “Spirit of full acceptance,” enfolding you into the family of God. And you will never feel orphaned, for as he rises up within us, our spirits join him in saying the words of tender affection, “Beloved Father!” For the Holy Spirit makes God’s fatherhood real to us as he whispers into our innermost being, “You are God’s beloved child!”
Wow! I put some of those phrases in bold letters for my sake! (And hope they speak to you too.) Let’s look at these for a quick moment.
- The fear of never being good enough.
Do you ever feel this way? I do sometimes. Just the other day I said something to someone, and the minute it came out of my mouth I regretted it. It wasn’t very nice and I couldn’t help but want to chastise myself for my ugly behavior. I always keep doing or saying something wrong! Yet, I have—
- Full acceptance…into the family of God.
After I’d said this ugly judgement over someone, Father God reminded me that I’m still accepted into the family of God no matter what my behavior is. He accepts and receives me just as I am, faults and all. (Though I still needed to repent.)
- You will never feel orphaned.
An orphan has no parents, no one who loves and takes care of them. When I was sick a few weeks ago, my husband did a great job of taking care of me, however, he wasn’t there 24/7. So when I was lying in bed in the middle of the day (and he was at work) I knew that Jesus was there watching over me and healing me. (He also gave me a precious kitty who slept with me to make me feel better.)
- The Holy Spirit makes God’s fatherhood real to me…and that I’m His beloved child.
Father God constantly reminds me that it’s not my behavior that keeps me in relationship with him — it’s who I am, His child. I’m part of His bloodline. As a father, I can come to Him seeking wisdom or comfort. Whatever I need, He’s there for me, a true Father who takes care of me.
I really liked the wording of these verses in this translation. This was a great reminder I needed. Sometimes I forget how He genuinely sees me and how much He deeply loves me. I hope this reminds you too.