PRAYER: Please pray for the folks who sponsored kids last night, that they would be blessed by their act of love.
DEVOTION: “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” – Ephesians 1:5
Kind of incredible. God’s love for us.
I’ve been using a variation of this verse when I’ve been giving my appeal for child sponsorship. It’s a pretty powerful statement. “We were all orphans until we were adopted into Gods family.” Such a willful and deliberate act of love on Gods part. A kind of love that can’t be explained. A kind of love that makes me stop, think and be incredibly thankful.
The back half of this verse. “This is what he wanted to do and it gave him great pleasure.” You see, this was a deliberate and intentional act. Nothing something that he dwelled upon but some that that was desired by God.
The example that that gives us in just as deliberate. The idea that we should love unconditionally. Love without reason. Love without prejudice. This was given to us by our Father.
Today. Love your neighbor. Love your coworker. Love your family because God taught us to love this way.