If You’re a Son or Daughter of God, Can You Say About Yourself, “Like Father, Like Child”?

They say, “Like father, like son” or “like mother, like daughter.” If you are a child of God, can you say that about your relationship with your Heavenly Father? Do your spiritual qualities illustrate that you are your Father’s child?

Yahweh God’s Word informs us that whoever “doesn’t do righteousness is not of God” because God is righteous (1 John 3:10, WEB). All “unrighteousness is sin,” and one who is born of God does not and cannot commit sin because God’s seed “remains in him.” (1 John 5:17, 3:9) This means that a true child of God does not live a lifestyle of sin. Instead, through the help of divine power implanted in them, God’s child lives righteously by mirroring the spiritual qualities of their Father in heaven.

Does your righteousness reflect the righteousness of your Father? Let us see some of the traits of Yahweh’s righteousness and a few of their associated commandments:

Justice

Yahweh loves righteousness and justice, which are the foundation of His throne (Psalm 33:5, 89:14). Justice is fairness, and the truthful administration of what each person deserves without partiality or prejudice, whether it be at one’s home, workplace, or at the court of law.

God’s commandments on justice:

“Keep far from a false charge, and don’t kill the innocent and righteous: for I will not justify the wicked.” (Exodus 23:7)

God does not justify the wicked, and neither should we, if we want to be the children of God. If someone is truly guilty of a crime, they should be punished appropriately. No attorney should defend a truly guilty criminal.

“You shall not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits.” (Exodus 23:6)

If the poor are in trouble, justice should be served to them. People should not ignore them or give them an unfair trial just because they are poor.

“You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; neither shall you testify in court to side with a multitude to pervert justice.” (Exodus 23:2)

The precept prohibits the siding with lies and the untruths simply because the lies and untruths are accepted by the majority. We are not to go with the crowd in the support of lies. If only one person out of one hundred people speaks the truths, we should side with that one person.

Loving Kindness

Yahweh shows “loving kindness to thousands of those who love [Him] and keep [His] commandments.” (Exodus 20:6) He “doesn’t retain his anger forever, because he delights in loving kindness.” (Micah 7:18) “Loving kindness” is translated from the Hebrew word “chesed,” which has no equivalent English translation. Chesed means love, kindness, grace, goodness, and mercy, all wrapped in one.

To know Yahweh is to know love, for “God is love.” (1 John 4:8). The children of God are to “love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God, and knows God. He who doesn’t love doesn’t know God, for God is love. By this God’s love was revealed in us, that God has sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved Sober living near you God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, if God loved us in this way, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God remains in us, and his love has been perfected in us.” (1 John 4:7-12)

God’s commandments on love, kindness, and mercy:

“He who shows mercy, [let him do so] with cheerfulness.” (Romans 12:8)

We are to be cheerful-givers of mercy. We should not give mercy begrudgingly.

“Let love be without hypocrisy. In love of the brothers be tenderly affectionate one to another; in honor preferring one another.” (Romans 12:9-10)

We are to love others genuinely and esteem others above ourselves. Humility enables us to show empathy and understand other people’s troubles.

“Repay no one evil for evil. Don’t seek revenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to God’s wrath. For it is written, ‘Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord.’ Therefore ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing so, you will heap coals of fire on his head.’ Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:17, 19-21)

We are to conquer evil with good by repaying our enemies with goodness. If our enemy is in need–if they are thirsty or hungry–we should supply what they need. This is what Yahweh commanded in the Torah with an example ordinance: “If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you shall surely bring it back to him again. If you see the donkey of him who hates you fallen down under his burden, don’t leave him, you shall surely help him with it.” (Exodus 23:4-5)

By doing good to those who are unkind to us, we are in effect heaping coals on their heads. This thought is interpreted various ways. What I believe is meant is that our good deeds will shame our enemies into red-faced guilt and convict them of their sins against us. If nothing else, for our goodness, Yahweh will reward us.

“Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not give false testimony,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and whatever other commandments there are, are all summed up in this saying, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love doesn’t harm a neighbor. Love therefore is the fulfillment of the law.” (Romans 13:8-10)

All the precepts and principles of Yahweh are summed up in the two greatest commandments: “love God” and “love others as we love ourselves.” Obedience to the love commandments is the fulfillment of the entire Law of God.

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