When you were born again, you became a son of God, deeply loved. That’s your rock-solid identity. Circumstances shouldn’t alter it, and the enemy’s lies ought not to steal it. But knowing that truth in your head isn’t the same thing as experiencing it in your heart as a daily reality—as the thing that frees you, gives you joy, transforms you, gives you hope, sustains you in the hard times, and motivates everything you do.

That’s what being a Beloved Son is about. It’s both who you are and who you are becoming, the awakening of your heart to who you really are to the Father and who he is to you. Your true identity is now in place, and you will continue to grow into it. Experiencing the Father’s love is to have a liberating and empowering impact on how you live.

The apostle John put it like this:

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.

1 John 3:1 (KJV)

Can you sense the old disciple’s wonderment, his utter amazement, as he penned those words? He was expressing a truth that resounded in his heart and permeated his being. And that’s how it’s supposed to be for you and me too: not just a Scripture memory verse but a living, breathing reality for us to walk in confidently, gratefully, joyously, and powerfully as God’s love for us ignites like a flame within the hearts of Beloved Sons.

An excerpt from The Heart of a Warrior.