“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will- to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves…I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.”
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession- to the praise of his glory.”
“The word ‘guarantee’ in this text conveys the same idea as that of a wedding-a mark of belonging, which reflects God’s unbreakable relationship with his people. Thus, the God of glory initiated, secured, and guaranteed a promise that forms a doxology of praise due to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
-The Jesus Bible
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters…Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. This is how we know that we belong to the truth (Jesus-John 14:6) and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts (feelings), and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.”
-1 John 3:16;18-22
Love is a choice. Jesus chose us. He knew the sacrifice it would require, yet He was obedient. He is greater than our feelings. Louie Giglio once said, “I may not have been worthy of Christ but I’ve never been worthless to Christ.” He is greater than our failures. We are called to love. We are his “glorious inheritance.” He came for us. Talk about pursuit! We belong to Him. Nothing can separate us from His love. Nothing. Jesus loved us with his actions here on earth and it doesn’t stop there. He loves us now, with His grace, His mercy, His provision, His Spirit. He gives us hope. He is our hope. It’s so easy to lose sight of the “hope to which he has called us” whenever the circumstances weigh heavily on us. But that’s why He came: to liberate, to lift your burdens, to love you more than life itself. To truly love someone, we have to choose them, every day. Regardless of how we feel, it isn’t about us. Love is “wanting good to come to another person; being concerned and willing to work for another person’s benefit (The Jesus Bible.)” We have to put others above ourselves because it’s what Jesus did, how He loved. How He still loves us. We have to first love God above all else. If both people are filled with God, they are complete themselves because of him, and then the overflow of His love in them will be poured out onto each other.
1 Corinthians 13:7 says, “[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
“Perseverance is our supreme effort of refusing to believe that our hero is going to be conquered.”
Jesus is our hero. He conquered everything- even death! He is bigger than what you are going through. His love never fails. Ever. We have to fall in love with Jesus because only with Him will everything else fall into place. Only with Him does life make sense. Living for Someone greater than yourself. Serving others with an unfailing love. Clinging to the hope He has given us that is an anchor for our soul, will enable us to survive the trials of life. “We are more than conquerers through Him who loved us.” He is our victory. He is our strength. His love endures. His love remains. Choose love. Choose truth. Choose Jesus.