“The Importance of Right Relationship with God 與神有正確關係的重要性“（Romans 羅馬書 8:15-17）
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. Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Those having feelings of emptiness and inadequacy seem to have a plea about becoming a ‘whole person,’ the important fruit of having right relationship with God. By the work of the Holy Spirit in the new birth, the ‘divine nature’ enters the deep-in core of the believer’s heart and establishes residence there. If those do not have Christ’s Spirit, they do not belong to Christ because the Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Religious externals such as baptism, confirmation, the receiving of the sacraments , church membership may have a meaning for the God-inhabited soul; for any others they are not only useless but may actually become snares, deceiving them into a false and perilous sense of security. Keeping your heart with all diligence is a solemn charge laid upon us by the One who cares most about us!
Prayer: God of Trinity, being your children we are so privileged to have the Holy Spirit dwelled in us to lead, guide and correct us. ‘Fathering’ or ‘parenting’ is a role we can play in other people’s lives whether or not we are their natural parents. There are individuals for whom we should be a spiritual parent, following the example of your perfect fatherhood. Help us to know you more, to love you more, and to serve you more. Amen.