Because God loves you, He adopted you as His child and grants you all the rights and privileges of family membership.
Moses told Israel that God didn’t choose them because of their great numbers or any inherent goodness on their part, but as an expression of God’s sovereign will and sacrificial love (Deut. 7:7-8). That’s true of you as well if you’re a Christian.
The Greek word translated “love” in Ephesians 1:4 speaks not of emotional or sentimental love but of love that seeks God’s best for others at any cost. It is marked by sacrifice rather than selfishness—giving rather than receiving. It seeks to forgive rather than condemn—to dismiss offenses rather than count them.
Such love is epitomized in God Himself, who loved you so much that He sacrificed His Son on your behalf, who willingly laid down His own life for you (John 3:16; 15:13).
While false gods are worshiped out of fear and ignorance, the true God—your Heavenly Father—has eliminated all fear so that you can confidently enter into His presence (Heb. 10:19; 1 John 4:18). You have received a spirit of adoption and can address Him as “Abba! Father!” (Rom. 8:15), the Aramaic equivalent of Daddy or Papa.
Your Heavenly Father delights in your praise and glories in your obedience. Be a faithful child. Make this day count for Him. Live out your royal heritage. Seek His wisdom in all you do. Go to His Word and follow its counsel. Demonstrate His love to others in practical ways.
Suggestions for Prayer
• Thank God for granting you the privilege of being a member of His family.
• Thank Him for the many manifestations of His love that you enjoy each day.
• Ask Him to lead you to someone to whom you can demonstrate His love in a practical and sacrificial way.
For Further Study
Read 1 Corinthians 13.
• List the characteristics of godly love.
• How does the quality of your love for others compare to God’s standard? What steps can you take today to bring your love into greater conformity to His?
From Drawing Near by John MacArthur Copyright © 1993.