Ever wonder how to be sure God loves you? Take a look at these scriptures!
“In his goodness he chose to make us his own children by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his choice possession.” James 1:18 NLT
1.) “In his goodness he chose to make us his own children by giving us his true word….”
He chose to make us his own children. Consider this an adoption by parents who are capable of conceiving their own children, who have their own children, yet choose to adopt more children out of the love in their hearts. And also consider these parents to be able to bless their children “exceedingly and abundantly”.
2.) “And we, out of all creation, became his choice possession.”
Choice. Favorite. His most prized possession. The King James Version translates this verse: “…that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.” Your first fruits are your very best. In olive oil, the first pressing, the extra virgin olive oil, is the top-of-the-line, highest quality, very best. God created us to be His top-of-the-line, highest quality, very best. We are indeed His prized possession!
Look at the lilies and how they grow……Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you?” (Luke 12:27,28)
This was spoken by Jesus himself. The Son of God. The perfect reflection of God (John 14:9). Who could know God’s heart better than Jesus? In earthly terms, we would say “the mirror doesn’t lie”. Knowing full well God cannot lie (Hebrews 6:18; Titus 1:2; Psalm 89:35), neither, then, can Jesus.
Roget’s New Millennium™ Thesaurus, First Edition has two distinct entries for the word “care”, as used in this verse. Both are verbs; the first, defined as “tend to” (synonyms: attend, baby-sit, consider, foster, look after, mind, minister, mother, nurse, nurture, protect, provide for, sit, take pains, tend, treasure, wait on, watch, watch over), and the second, defined as “regard highly” (synonyms: cherish, desire, enjoy, find congenial, go for, hold dear, like, love, prize, take to, want). Both of these definitions declare how strongly and to what extent God truly cares for each and every one of us!
©BarbiDarbey – Original Post Date April 27, 2007 – Share Freely – Do Not Sell