August 8

Ephesians 1:4-7 NLT

Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. 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. So we praise God for the glorious grace He has poured out on us who belong to His dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins. He has showered His kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

Holy, without fault, adopted, grace, freedom purchased, forgiven, with kindness showered on us….. all these things God has given us, His chosen ones. I can do nothing to sway his thinking about me; it is His decision alone and His pleasure to do it! What amazing thoughts that humbles me before Him.

I pray the prodigal will be captured by the thoughts contained in this verse. May they know God has taken pleasure in choosing them to be His and live a life humbled before Him!

Ephesians 1:4-7 NLT

Even before He made the world, God loved ________ and chose him/her in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. God decided in advance to adopt ________ into his own family by bringing ________ to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure. So ________ praises God for the glorious grace He has poured out on him/her who belongs to His dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased ________’s freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave his/her sins. He has showered His kindness on ________, along with all wisdom and understanding.

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