I was reading a book I love to do devotions with called Prayer Portions, this morning. In it, Sylvia Gunter says, "One of the greatest needs of the church is for wounded, hurting Christians to understand that their Father loves them. In her teaching entitled 'My Heavenly Father,' Mary Lance Sisk says, "The number one tactic of the enemy (the flesh, the world, and the devil) is to distort the character of God so you will live in constant fear and unbelief."
A few pages later she has a thorough scripture study on the Father Heart of God. I didn't get past the first Scripture. Ephesians 1:2-6. Isn't it amazing that you can read a Scripture for the hundredth time and yet, it feels like you are reading it for the first time - with new eyes to see it? That is why the Bible will always be my favorite book. It's like a new book every day!
Back to Ephesians. Wow. I'm transfixed by this incredible information! Here we have God, actually thinking of us before He even created the world! Not only did He think about us, He chose us to be set apart for Him. He set us apart and calls us blameless (warts and all), blameless and set apart for Him. He decided before hand that we would be His children, adopted by Jesus to God the Father - according to that which gives Him pleasure - His perfect will.
Me? This can't be true! Oh, but it is! By His grace (which abounds to us) we are accepted in the Beloved. We are accepted - yes, weaknesses, sins, warts, ugliness and all - accepted, thought of and chosen before He even spoke that first word "Let there be light."
And in this place I stand before God, I have redemption (rescued from peril and sin, deliverance) through the blood sacrifice of His Son (who was slain before the foundations of the world), and total forgiveness - according to His grace, which is abundantly rich and ever flowing over us. Wow. Can it be? Can it be that even before His Spirit was hovering over the face of the deep, His thoughts were on me? And He set me apart? And He chose me? That it pleased Him to do so. It brought pleasure to my Lord to choose me?
Yes. And this all applies to you, dear Christian, you are loved so much, and were loved and forgiven, and set apart, and called blameless before He even made the world.
If we could only understand the height, breadth, length and depth of His love, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge - so that we could be filled up to all the fullness of God. How we would be healed if we could just know this love. How we would be made whole in our hearts and spirits, every wound would be bound up, as we bask in this love.