Spirit of Adoption (Rom 8:14-15) by Daria Monroe

19 Oct Spirit of Adoption (Rom 8:14-15) by Daria Monroe

adoption1For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption. ~ Rom 8:14-15
Reflection: Romans Chapter 8 provides an explanation of who we are in Christ. Paul begins the chapter with “no condemnation,” and ends with “no separation” for those who are in Christ. Through the selfless love of God, we experience an adoption that not only washes us clean of our sins, sets us up as joint heirs with Christ, and frees us from the bondage of fear, but it also seals us to God with a loving trust that allows us in boldness to cry out “Abba! Father!” The Romans to whom Paul wrote understood the process of legal adoption, entitling the adopted heir to become one with the adopter. In Roman practice this assurance of adoption of God created an impression of a oneness with the Heavenly Father. As an adoptive mother, I have been blessed with the ongoing joy which adoption offers. When we seek to welcome a child into our homes and hearts, we receive a picture of the perfect Father who seeks to welcome condemned orphans with no hope into his home and heart to become his rightful children. With adoption comes an assurance that you are not a mistake. Though there are unplanned pregnancies, there are no unplanned adoptions. We have been sought, rescued from hopelessness and abandonment, and adopted at a great price into God’s family. We are secure in a perfect love that casts out all fear.
Challenge: If the weight of your circumstances is taking your focus off that which you have received from God through Christ Jesus, take some time to reflect on His word and remember that you are chosen, loved, and valued by the God of Creation. As we battle the abortion problem, let us never forget that everyone has a story that has brought them to where they are today. May we always be His hands and love in this world.
LIFE Runners Creed to end abortion. 
Inspiration: “America you are beautiful and blessed.  The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenseless. If you want equal justice for all and true freedom and lasting peace, then America, defend life.” ~ St. John Paul II
All In Christ for Pro-Life,
* Daria Monroe and her husband reside in FL and have six children. She had her first son at age 16 and has an adopted son.

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