In Christ, I Am Blessed, Accepted, And Loved.
New Appreciation: In Jesus Christ, you are appreciated by God. This means that no matter what your background is, in Jesus Christ, God bestows you with His favor, grace and love. You are blessed, you are accepted, and you are loved. He doesn’t base this on the things that you did, but what Jesus has done for you. Therefore, we need to learn to recognize this new acceptance and live out who are.
In Christ, I Am Blessed (God Bestows You With His Favor)
- From the beginning, God blessed mankind. After He created male and female in His image He blessed them. They didn’t seek this blessing, but God out of His goodness chose to bless them. He commanded them to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. He gave them dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, and every living thing that moved on the earth. He gave them every plant bearing seed and every tree with seed in its fruit as food. Finally, God looked at everything and said it was “very good.”
- To be “blessed” means that we are well spoken of, we receive favor, or we are given benefits. In Christ, God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings. He speaks well of us and no evil. He pours out His grace on our lives daily. He has given us the benefit of a new life empowered by the Holy Spirit to live for Him.
- Often we only think of blessings as material goods, but Paul wants to remind us of our “spiritual blessings” in heavenly places that we have in Christ Jesus. God chose us to be holy, predestined us unto the adoption of children, made us accepted in the beloved, redeemed us through His blood, forgave our sins, and sealed us with the Holy Spirit of promise.
- The blessing we receive in Christ is all a work of God. It is all according to the good pleasure of His will and according to the riches of His grace. God is a good Father who knows how and when to give good gifts to His children. Our response to His blessings is to praise His glorious name.
Ephesians 1:11-12; Matthew 7:9–11
In Christ, I Am Accepted (God Bestows You With His Grace)
- We are God’s creation. There are certain aspects about ourselves that are predetermined before we are born and that we cannot change, such as, gender, time period we are born into, our body structure, our skin color, our nationality at birth, certain abilities or talents, parents or relatives, and birth order. The Bible says we are fearfully and wonderfully made by a good God, so we should see these things as the will of God, accepting how God made us, and, in Christ, He is working them together for good.
Psalm 139:13-18; Romans 8:28-29
- We are God’s workmanship. Before time, God ordained a plan that would redeem us from our sin and create us new in Christ Jesus unto good works. Knowing we are His workmanship allows us to walk in the good works that He has prepared for us to do.
Romans 8:29–32; Ephesians 2:10
- We are recipients of God’s amazing grace. All of the goodness in us is because God’s grace is with us. We are who we are by the grace of God. The evidence of God’s grace in our lives and the lives of others should cause us to give thanks unto God.
1 Corinthians 1:3–8; 15:10; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; Ephesians 1:15-16
- Knowing that God recognizes our full worth in Christ, should cause us to know that we aren’t neglected but accepted; turn our bitterness into thankfulness; accept our deficiencies; stop grumbling and start being grateful and appreciative. It should cause us to be humble, not boasting in ourselves, but boast in our great God. It empowers us to overcome our insecurities so that we can encourage and serve others with the grace we have been given.
1 Peter 4:9–10; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Ephesians 2:9
In Christ, I Am Loved (God Bestows You With His Love)
- God’s love towards us is a sacrificial love. The love of God is greatly expressed through Jesus’ death on the cross for us. Jesus gave His life for us. When we were still enemies of God, Jesus died for us. The sacrificial love shows us His love is unmerited, unconditional, all-giving, and amazing.
John 15:13; Romans 5:8; 1 John 4: 9–10
- God’s love towards us a secure love. We have all of His love. He will never love us more or less. Nothing will ever separate us from this love; neither tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, sword, death, life, angels, principalities, powers, things present, things to come, height, depth, nor anything else, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
- God’s love toward us is perfect love. God’s love suffers long and is kind; God’s love envies not; it vaunts not itself, is not puffed up, does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not its own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. God’s love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
- God’s love towards us is a relational love. The Bible uses the metaphor of a husband and wife to help us better understand the relational aspect of the love of God. We, the church, are the bride of Christ. He leads, saves, sanctifies and cleanses us to makes us holy and without blemish, so that He might present us to Himself. He nourishes and cherishes us. In response to His loving goodness to us, we love Him in return.
- What does it mean to be blessed?
- What are some of our “spiritual blessings”?
- Are you appreciated? Why?
- What is God’s love toward us like?
- What three things does God bestow us with?