This is the third message in our series, “5 Words That Can Change Your Life.” This message looks at the idea of being adopted by God, found in Romans 8:14-17. I grew up having a dad who had adopted me. I know that not everyone is as fortunate as I was, but I grew up knowing what it was to be loved like I was a biological child, even though I wasn’t. When Paul says that God has adopted us, it’s meant to help us feel secure in our salvation, to know that we’re not loved by God because we’re “good people,” but that God loves us, period. And that unconditional love is why we then want to be good children of our Heavenly Father.