The next identity means so much to me. Dear one, as Christians, you and I are loved by God: “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight” (Ephesians 1:4 NIV). In this Scripture, the Lord tells us that we are His, and He sets forth what He wants for us—that we should know we are loved, special and valuable and that we should be holy, blameless and above reproach in our lives. Naturally, we should do what we can to live holy lives. But thank goodness, when we do make mistakes, we can be forgiven. We do not lose our God-given position of holiness, and we remain blameless and above reproach—all “in Christ.” We need to keep this in mind, “God made his choice before the creation of the world” (The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary, 1356). The idea of God choosing us is also seen in Second Timothy, “But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth” (2 Timothy 2:13 NIV). What simply amazes me is that the creator of the universe chose me and you before the world was created because He loved us that much. It does not matter whether we feel loved or not today because the truth of the matter is we are all loved more than we can even begin to imagine. God loved us so much that not only did He create each of us, but He also lovingly sent His Son to earth to die in our place. Christ’s death on the cross is by far the ultimate display of love.

It is hard for us to wrap our minds around God’s love because our human relationships fail from time to time. God’s love, however, is unending and pure. This promise spreads and affects more than just us. When we begin to live as if no matter what we say or do, God will still love us, then it opens us up to spreading His love to the world. I love this passage of Scripture in Romans, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38–39 NIV). In these verses, Paul lists several different things that cannot separate us from God’s love. Therefore, the promise of God’s love gives us shelter as well as security. There is absolutely nothing that can separate us from God’s love.

Therefore, you and I do not need to try and change who we are so that others will love us. God created each of us for a specific purpose and plan. All we need to do is cling to our identities in Christ and then if others love us for the way we are then great; if not, we are not to change who we are. Are you going to follow man’s view of how you should be or the Creator of the Universe?

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