Bringing the Text to Life

Favorite Child 1 John 3:1-7

Favorite Child

If we desire to be God's children, we need to keep ourselves in God's love.

At a Glance

Most parents will strenuously deny it. They will deny that they have a favorite child. But research has established that generally parents do have a favorite child, and that the "favorite" might change over the years. Since the epistle text talks about the children of God, we wonder if God has a favorite. Is it possible to be on God's list of favorites? Does God have such a list?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "The Witness Principle," April 17, 1994, at

"We don't have a favorite child. We love all our children equally."

That's the response parents are likely to give when quizzed by one of their offspring about whom they love best. But, according to a 2016 study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, that claim may well be a fiction.

In other words, the suspicion you had as a child that your parents had a favorite was probably right.

The Wall Street Journal, commenting on the study, quoted Washington, D.C.,...

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