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To My Abundant Life Family:

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God…” (John 1:12)

I believe that we all rejoice when we reflect on our new standing in Christ. Whatever we were, wherever we’re from, whatever has been spoken to us heretofore, we are undeniably sons when we receive Jesus as Savior and Lord.

As sons we have an inheritance though we must suffer to obtain it. We are “…heirs of God, joint heirs with Christ…” (Romans 8:17a) We have full access to the Father. We are seated together with Christ in heavenly places. We have an abundant life, as well as life eternal. We are not second-class citizens. We have all the rights and privileges of full-fledged sons!

There is perhaps no time when our son-ship is more evident as when we are chastened by our Father. Yet, there is less rejoicing at these times. How is it that you respond when you are chastened by God?

Are you fearful? Are you defensive? Do you become angry? Do you rebel? Do you feel like giving up? I think we would all agree that such responses are inappropriate for sons, especially for the sons of God! Yet we can not deny that when those that God places in our lives seek to correct us (from the Word of God), our response is often carnal and uncomplimentary.

Hebrews 12:5b-8 (Amplified) says:

5…My son, do not think lightly or scorn to submit to the correction and discipline of the Lord, nor lose courage and give up and faint when you are reproved or corrected by Him; 6For the Lord corrects and disciplines everyone whom He loves, and He punishes, even scourges, every son whom He accepts and welcomes to His heart and cherishes. 7You must submit to and endure [correction] for discipline; God is dealing with you as with sons. For what son is there whom his father does not [thus] train and correct and discipline? 8Now if you are exempt from correction and left without discipline in which all [of God's children] share, then you are illegitimate offspring and not true sons [at all].

If we are to "grow up" in God, we will need to check our attitude toward correction. Here are some tips to help you to become good sons:

- Listen attentively to rebuke. (Proverbs 13:1)

- Acknowledge your wrong. (I John 1:9)

- Change your actions. (John 8:10-12; Hebrews 12:11b)

- Thank God for dealing with you as a son! (Hebrews 12:7)

Peace and Blessings!

Pastor Karen

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