Day One: Loved and Chosen

Let’s read aloud together the following scripture, confession, and prayer:

4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 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. Ephesians 1:4-5 NLT

“Such love is not weak or sentimental. The love of God is covenantally faithful, committed, self-giving, sacrificial, strong, and holy. Since God is love, love permeates God’s whole being and all his actions, his justice as well as his compassion. God’s love extends over all his creation. We are commanded to love in ways that reflect the love of God in all those same dimensions. That is what it means to walk in the way of the Lord.” The Cape Town Commitment

Prayer: Oh Lord, where would we be if you had not chosen us? So Heavenly Father, thank you for loving and choosing us in Christ. We humbly ask for you to empower us through the Holy Spirit to walk in the way of the Lord, to love in response to your faithful, sacrificial, holy, and strong love. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Let’s sing to the song “Jesus Loves Me” by Chris Tomlin (click here).

– CR