To the praise
of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
One of the elderly ladies in our church claimed
this as her very favorite verse in the Bible. She was a war bride, marrying her
American sweetheart whom she met in England during WWII. She said that
in all her years in Great
Britain, she’d never heard the message of
the saving grace of Jesus. She heard it for the first time in America after
she was married. And that knowledge changed her life.
It didn’t matter what she had done. Because of
Jesus’ death on the cross, she was accepted in the beloved.
Sometimes, one of the hardest people to forgive is
ourselves. And Satan loves to throw our past failures in our face. “You are a
bad person because…” “God will never forgive you because…” “I don’t want anyone
to know this about me because…” Even as I type this, my past wrongs are coming
to mind. Things I’m ashamed of, that I would do over if I could.
Good news! (Because) God so loved the world that He
gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him shall be saved. (John
God loves us. And because of Jesus, because of His
death on the cross, we’re accepted in the beloved.