To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:6 )
“Beloved” is defined as much loved, dearly loved, adored, favorite, and darling. Too often we think that when God looks at us, all He sees is our sin… and He often turns away. If this were true, Jesus would not have died on the cross for our sins, because He did that while looking at our sin for one final moment in history. He actually became sin. Now God sees us in light of that sacrifice, which has rendered us God’s darling. We are precious in the eyes of the Lord. Believing otherwise would be to deny the work of the cross.
But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. (2 Thessalonians 2:13)
God has put great value on us… sometimes even more than we place on ourselves. We often think we’re not worthy, but Jesus has declared us worthy. We may believe that we’re unclean, but Jesus has declared us clean. We may believe that we’re just servants of God, but Jesus has declared us sons and daughters. Understand that we have been elevated to a position of royalty.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9).
If you could only see what God sees when He looks at you, your life will dramatically change. If God can love you enough in your worst, possible state that He willingly gave His only begotten Son, is there anything really that you think He would withhold from you?
Father, thank You for loving me at the depth that You do. I don’t always understand Your love, and I sometimes struggle to receive and accept it, but I know that You love me, and You accept me. Help me to grow in grace, so I can come into maturity as a son or daughter, so I can be a responsible steward for what You place in my care, in Jesus Name.