The Spirit of Adoption

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the Spirit of adoption as described in Romans 8 below:

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

More and more, I’m praying that we understand the Spirit has brought about our adoption. We have a perfect Father and a place in the family of God. Everything we need, we have. Instead, we live in fear and slavery to everything someone might experience who never had a loving family. We might struggle with loneliness, shame, jealousy, despair, unworthiness, or a sense of emptiness. We might soothe our hurt with addiction or behaviors that never heal the need to belong and live under the blessing of our Abba, Father. Even as Christians, we forget. We fall victim to fear and slavery and must stand in the truth of our adoption.

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