God‘s Wonderful Kindness:
“How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we belong to Christ. Long ago, even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the wonderful kindness he has poured out on us because we belong to his dearly loved Son. He is so rich in kindness that he purchased our freedom through the blood of his Son, and our sins are forgiven.” (Eph. 1:3-7).
Do you know how much God loves you? Sometimes I think we take this most precious and wonderful truth of the Bible for granted. I often ask my wife and children this question, “Have I told you lately that I love you? Have I told you lately that I care? Have I told you lately that I love you? Well, Liza (Caleb, Tori, Austin, Hannah – whichever one I’m singing or talking to at the time.) I’m telling you now.” I believe God wants to give us a simple reminder today, that He loves us. He loves you and He loves me. What a wonderful thought!
How much does He love us? I believe the above Scripture in Ephesians Chapter One sheds some light on it for us. Let’s take a couple of minutes to go through these verses, shall we?
1. He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.
Wow. What does that mean? The Apostle James said, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights.” (James 1:17). That means every single blessing in your life – every good thing you receive and possess – is a gift from your Heavenly Father to you. Have you said thank you to Him lately for all He’s done for you?
2. He loved us and chose us.
O. Now here’s an even more marvellous truth. First John 4:19 says, “We love Him because He first loved us.” If God had not chosen us and loved us, and called us His very own, we would never have gone looking after Him. The Bible says that there is none who seeks after God (Romans 3:11). Thank God that He came looking for us, that, as one preacher eloquently put it, “The Tremendous Lover has taken to the chase.” Aren’t you glad that God came looking for you, when you were lost? We never “found God” – He found us.
3. He adopted us into His family.
First John 3:1 says, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God.” When we became Christians, God adopted us into His family, We’re children of God – children of the King. Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else? (Romans 8:32).
4. So we praise God for the wonderful kindness.
God has blessed us with every blessing in the heavenly realms. Before He ever created the world, He called us and chose us to be His own special people. He adopted us into His family. He purchased our freedom, and our sins are forgiven. What should our response be? Let us praise God for the wonderful kindness He has poured out on us – and it’s all because of Jesus. Thanks be to God for His wonderful gift!
Pastor Chris Jordan