“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—” (Ephesians 2:8).
We did absolutely nothing to earn God’s love. We were born into sin; we were at enmity with God. We were unlovable and undeserving. Yet Christ still died for us. “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6-8).
God’s love is so abundant that He not only saved us from eternal damnation, but He adopted us as His own children. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1). He changes our very nature upon salvation so that we can become more like Him. “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God” (1 John 3:9).
Prayer: Thank You, God, for loving me so much that You would adopt me as Your own child even when I could do nothing to deserve it. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.