4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. 6 Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are His child, God has made you also an heir.
The key verse above is Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” When we read the Spirit of his Son into our hearts it is important to know this does not refer to the Holy Spirit, but instead it is the new ability as adopted sons and daughters
to approach God with the language of endearment and love, … . He, being the true and exalted Son of God, had the spirit appropriate to such a relation; they being adopted, and made like him, have the same spirit. The “spirit” here [refers] to the spirit which made them like the Lord Jesus; the spirit by which they were enabled to approach God as his children, and use the reverent, and tender, and affectionate language of a child addressing a father. It is that language used by Christians when they have evidence of adoption; the expression of the warm, and elevated, and glowing emotions which they have when they can approach God as their God, and address him as their Father.
Barnes’ Notes on the Bible
Thus the following verse says So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are His child, God has made you also an heir. As God’s child and heir we are no longer slaves to sin as adopted sons and daughters. This is made explicit when we consider what is said in the Babylonian Gemara, a Jewish work, how the title Abba was simply prohibited for slaves to use whenever they addressed the master of the family they belonged to no matter their feelings. Thus the language used in verse six represents is not the language of slaves, but of free men and women who are no longer slaves to sin. (Source: Barnes’ Notes on the Bible)
When we hurt, when we need to be comforted, we are able to turn to God, Abba, Father for His comfort and love as His adopted sons and daughters – an incredible privilege. What if we have trials and temptations that deeply trouble us? Quoting from the hymn What a Friend We Have In Jesus,
Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Of course! This is the answer! We can take any trouble, any trial, any temptation, anything troubling us to our Abba in prayer knowing He will someway, somehow help because He is our Loving Father in Heaven. This is the solution so often ignored. It is ignored because it requires a confession on our part of needing our Heavenly Father’s help in solving or dealing with whatever trial we are in the midst of, and all too often we want to solve it on our own. Thus our struggle continues until we call upon Him. Personally, calling on Him and turning the problem over to Him often supplies immediate comfort and a sense of peace. Then no matter if the problem is taken care of quickly or over time (on His schedule, not mine) the peace and comfort remain.
It’s Monday, the first full week of the New Year, know you may take any troubles to the Lord in prayer.