Ephesians 1

If you have ever applied for a position and not received an interview, you have known the pain of being rejected. When it happens one often asks, “What’s wrong with me?” However, as painful as that can be, it is much worse to be rejected by family. Family is supposed to love you no matter what! Right? Ephesians 1 reminds us that there is the love of family available to us and that it comes through the love of God the father. Throughout scripture God is referred to as father. Jesus even taught us to pray, “Our Father in Heaven.” In Ephesians 1, we are reminded that God the Father chose us and adopted us as his children through Jesus Christ. You have heard that before (if you listened to the sermon Sunday, you heard it then). One of my favorite parts of this description is found in verses 7-8 where it says…

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.

Ephesians 1:7-8

According to these verses, what God has done is lavish his grace upon us. It’s not like God looked and said, “I guess since no one else will have them I will.” No! God lavished his grace upon us and adopted us in Christ. God is overjoyed to call you his child. Maybe today you need a little encouragement. We all need that. Today I simply want you to be encouraged that God lavishly loves you. Thank God today for his love and rest in that love. Also be thankful for all those who God has adopted into the family. Paul went on to say he always gave thanks for others who were a part of the family. As you thank God for his love for you, take a moment and thank God for others you know who love God and then take a moment in some form to let a fellow member of God’s family know how much you appreciate them. Let them know how much you love them. Maybe that person needs to simply hear today, “I love you!”

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