2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. (v17 NKJV)

when our children were small, I often prayed with them after we tucked  them into bed. But before I prayed, I sometimes would sit on the edge of the bed and talk with them. I remember telling our daughter Libby, “If I could line up all the  4-years-old girls in the world, I would walk down the line looking for you. After going through the entire line, I would choose you to be my daughter.” That always put a big smile on Libby’s face because she knew she was special.

If that was a smile –worthy moment for  her, think of the grace-filled fact that the creator-God of the universe “from the beginning chose you for salvation” (2 Thessalonians 2:13) before time began, He desired to make you His own. This is why Scripture often uses the picture of adoption to communicate the amazing reality that, through no merit or worthiness of our own, we have been chosen by Him. This is stunning news! We are “loved by the Lord” (v15) and enjoy the benefits of being part of His family. This glorious truth should fill our lives with humility and God our Father, who loved us… strengthen you in every good deed and word.” (vv16-17)

PRAYER LINE: I will be forever grateful that I am Your child, Father, and that You love me! Teach me to remember all the benefits of belonging to You and may I serve You faithfully as part of Your family.


It’s God’s choice to love you and to make you part of His family.

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