Praised be Adonai, Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, who in the Messiah has blessed us with every spiritual blessing heaven. 4 In the Messiah he chose us in love before the creation of the universe to be holy and without defect in his presence. 5 He determined in advance that through Yeshua the Messiah we would be his sons – in keeping with his pleasure and purpose (Ephesians 1:3-5, CJB)
We stand accepted in Jesus, the beloved, according to the first chapter of Ephesians. We are God’s children. God chose us before there was a world, even before there was a beginning. Through the blood of Jesus, God has bought us back from the curse still present in this world, and has forgiven all past, present, and future sins. He has made his will known to us, and he has made himself known to us through wisdom and prudence. There is certainly no room for boasting because none of the blessings that we enjoy, through Jesus, are based on our work or our earthly wisdom.
We are special. We have tremendous value to the Creator of the Universe, individually and collectively.
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. 18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. (John 1:16-18, KJV)
To have a strong relationship with the Lord requires a mindset shift. We have to think about ourselves and how God relates to, and deals with us, based on what we know about how God loves and how he deals with his children.
11 For I know what plans I have in mind for you,’ says ADONAI,’plans for well-being, not for bad things; so that you can have hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11, CJB)
God’s love for us is steadfast, that means he won’t leave. Unlike some experiences we may have had, God won’t leave us holier or more consistent or who has more faith. God called you because he wanted you! God is not constantly searching for someone else with a better personality or who is more obedient or kind or rich or whatever you can think of. God is not in a relationship with you reluctantly or because he is required to out of obligation because you’ve accepted Jesus as Lord.
God’s love is steadfast, and God’s love, when you define it, is patient and kind. So, when we are in prayer or contemplation or when a thought comes and we think God is treating us a certain way, if that certain way does not line up with being patient and kind, it is not from God. God is loving in his kindness, and he is tender in his mercy toward us. He is not going to change who he is because of what you’ve done, what you thought you should have done but didn’t, or based on the consequences of what you’ve actually done. He is unchangeable; he does not waver. He is steadfast, and his love is unlike anything we’ve ever experienced.