Love child by heredity and environment

Beloved, let us love one another, because the love is of God, and everyone who is loving, of God has been γεννάω (begotten) and knows God. 1 Jn. 4:7 YLT

In this familiar verse “γεννάω” is traditionally translated “born of God” but “begotten” is the literal translation of “γεννάω.” It shares a root word with “procreate.” Think of the implications of this. We are more than fallen-natured strays who are lucky enough to be adopted into God’s house. Instead we are begotten of God. We inherit the spiritual DNA of the Father who γεννάω us. And love is the primary trait of those with this DNA. Love is also God’s environment. Knowing Him influences us to respond to others from the environment where we live.

Lord, let me respond to others out of the the heritage of love You give me as Your child.