Ephesians 1:4 - Gods Passionate Love for You.

Ephesians 1:4 (NIRV) God chose us to belong 
to Christ before the world was created. He 
chose us to be holy and without blame in his eyes. 
He loved us.  

Ephesians 1:4 (NLT) Even before he made the 
world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be 
holy and without fault in his eyes.  

Ephesians 1:4 (VOICE) God chose us to be in 
a relationship with Him even before He laid 
out plans for this world; He wanted us to live 
holy lives characterized by love, free from sin, 
and blameless before Him. 

Ephesians 1:4 (MSG) Long before he laid down 
earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled 
on us as the focus of his love, to be made 
whole and holy by his love. 


   Paul says that God "chose us" to 
emphasize that salvation depends totally on God. We 
are not saved because we deserve it but because 
God is gracious and freely gives salvation. We 
did not influence God's decision to save us; he 
saved us according to his plan. Thus, there is no 
way to take credit for our salvation or to allow 
room for pride. The mystery of salvation 
originated in the timeless mind of God long before we 
existed. It is hard to understand how God could 
accept us. But because of Christ, we are holy and 
blameless in his sight. God chose us, and when we 
belong to him through Jesus Christ, God looks at us 
as if we had never sinned. All we can do is 
express our thanks for his wonderful love. 
   That God "decided in advance to adopt us" 
is another way of saying that salvation is 
God's work and not our own doing. In his infinite 
love, God has adopted us as his own children. 
Through Jesus' sacrifice, he has brought us into his 
family and made us heirs along with Jesus (Romans 
8:17). In Roman law, adopted children had the same 
rights and privileges as biological children, even 
if they had been slaves. Paul uses this term to 
show how strong our relationship to God is. Have 
you entered into this loving relationship with 
God? [Life Application SB] 


You Are the Focus of Gods Love
   Did you know when God looks at you, he 
loves you simply because he made you? 
   When my three children were small, I 
would sit down by the side of their bed at night 
and just watch them sleep. Id watch their 
chests rise and fall. Because I was their father, I 
got so much joy out of watching them sleep 
   Thats the way your heavenly Father 
feels about you. 
   The Bible says, Long before he laid 
down earths foundations, [God] had us in mind, 
had settled on us as the focus of his love 
(Ephesians 1:4 The Message). Before God even created 
the universe, he thought of you. In fact, the 
Bible says that the entire universe was created 
simply so God could create the human race and love 
us. We are the focus of his love, unlike 
anything else in creation. 
   You were created to be loved by God.
   When you let that profound truth sink 
into your soul, you will never again have a 
problem with insecurity or low self-esteem. Because 
when you realize that God created you in order to 
love you, it will take away all those uncertain 
   In Hosea 6:6, God says, I dont want 
your sacrifices - I want your love; I dont 
want your offerings - I want you to know me 
(TLB). The most important thing you can know is 
that God created you to love you. And the most 
important thing you can do is to know and love him 
back. Thats your number one purpose in life. 
   The tragedy is that most people go 
through their entire life missing the purpose of it. 
They know all kinds of things"stock quotes, 
sports scores, whos on the cover of their 
favorite magazine - but they dont know God. 
   You may know about God, but do you know 
him personally? Do you have a friendship - a 
love relationship - with God? If not, I encourage 
you to take that step today. [Daily Devotional 
by Rick Warren: 


Youre Already Chosen and Loved
   Every person wants these three things - 
more than anything else: to be loved, to be 
accepted, and to be chosen. 
   These longings are there even in people 
unwilling to admit it. 
   But theres good news: You dont have 
to look anymore for love and acceptance. 
Youre already chosen, loved, and accepted by Jesus 
   Everyone wants to be chosen - from your 
childhood days at recess to your adult workplaces and 
love life. Being chosen is key to establishing 
your self-worth. 
   The Bible says in Ephesians 1:4-5, "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" (NLT). 
   God created the entire universe because 
he wanted a family. The whole reason the 
universe exists is because God wanted children to 
   According to this verse, when did God 
choose you? God chose you before the world was 
   Before God chose to create the universe, 
he had already chosen you. In fact, that's why 
he decided to make the universe. He wanted a 
place where you could live. Before God chose any 
tree, he chose you. Before God chose the oceans, 
he chose you. Before God chose every rock that 
exists, he chose you. 
   Thats an amazing thought - that even 
before he chose to create the sun and moon and 
stars, God knew you and chose to love you. That is 
the foundation of your identity. 
   Nobody wants to be chosen last. But you 
have never been last in Gods thoughts. You 
have always been first on his mind. He chose you, 
he loves you, and he accepts you. You can rest 
in these truths today. [Daily Devotional by 
Rick Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/] 


Ephesians 1:4 - Gods Passionate Love for You.



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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