…the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.Ephesians 1:6
On this earth, we can’t see God with our eyes, hear Him with our ears, or experience Him in the flesh. We tend to fill in these voices with how people act towards, talk to, feel towards us, and treat us. If we’ve experienced severe rejection, believing God is so accepting will be difficult. We have likely judged that an angry God is on a throne judging us, disappointed in us, doesn’t like us, and what scripture says can’t be further from the truth. We know He has accepted us because he sent Jesus to die for our sins. The entire purpose is so He could accept us despite our sins, taking our punishment so that we could be forgiven and be in God’s presence. There’s no greater acceptance.
By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God;1 John 3:19-21
Our minds, hearts, thoughts, and feelings have become conditioned to the love language of this world. The message of this world is conditional love, which isn’t love at all. The world loves you when you are popular, good-looking, fit, and rich. You are valued in this world if you can give someone some value they seek. If they can get something from you, they will give you what you want, a form of love. This is a transactional, conditional interaction; unconditional love is completely foreign to this world’s currency of the heart and mind.
“For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] [a]only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.John 3:16
God Proved His Love
It would have been much easier for God to wipe us out and start over. He didn’t; He couldn’t because of His great love for us. While we had nothing to offer Him, we were sinners, He came to the earth to die for us, so that we could live forever.
But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8
Nothing Can Separate His Love
God didn’t send Jesus to the earth to get something from us but to give something to us. He sent Jesus to take our punishment so we could have a relationship with Him. This is how much he loved us. So when you begin to feel down on yourself, rejected and unloved, remember this: God loved you so much that He gave His own son. Put your heart in the grip of His hands, and nothing can separate you from this love.
nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38-39