“I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.”
Before the throne of God we are all little children. If we are in the family of God, He is our Heavenly Father and we are His dearest of children. He will never leave us or neglect us or cause us a moment more of suffering than we are able to bear. There are times when the waters run deep over our souls, but His guiding hand and upholding love is always there. It is painful, but the Father of all mercies is at our side. He does not treat us as we deserve, but as a loving Father who helps us to bear our burdens and the burdens for others too. When the weight of trouble is too much, He will release us and provide a way of escape, that we will not be destroyed.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope and a future.”
John is writing to us as these little children of the Father, full of meekness and kindness towards us in our weaknesses and failings. He is a loving Heavenly Father and never fails, so we can trust in Him at all times. He has done everything possible to meet our needs and has given His only dearly beloved and begotten Son as a sacrifice to pay for all our rottenness, that He might have a redeemed retinue of people for His mighty names sake.
For that names sake we are completely forgiven from all our sins and made worthy to be in the royal family of heaven. We are sisters and brothers to Christ, the King of all Kings and Lord of all Lords. We inherit His kingdom with Him forever and will forever reign in the city of Zion. We will judge with Him and share in the eternal glory. This is the magnitude of the inheritance of the saints of God – the little children of the Father.