Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, in which he has made us accepted in the beloved.

Everyone desperately longs to be loved and accepted and no one wants to feel insignificant and rejected. But rejection happens to all of us at one time or another. Some are soundly shunned by those whom they dearly love. It inflicts deep wounds in our hearts and takes away a piece of our significance.

Rejection leads to some of these lingering questions in our mind: “Am I not important?”, “Am I not good enough?”, “Why am I not loved?”, “What is wrong with me?” Depression starts to breed which led some to cut their lives short — the results are seriously damaging. It robs the victim of his purpose, meaning, strength, and reason to move on in life.

Such is also true with our relationship with God. The awful sorrow of rejection and the dreadful effect of self-inflicted condemnation is familiar to us. This feeling pesters our hearts everytime we perceive that somewhat we did not measure up to God’s expectation of us. It could be from our recent failure, sin, and poor performance. We become so conscious of our acceptance that we take out our spiritual thermometer from time to time to measure our performance.

This is one issue that the believer should settle in no time: “Does God fully accept me and on what basis does he do so?”

Can I tell you this? You may be wasting your best effort all this time expecting to hear God’s approval of you that which is only true of Christ — “This is my beloved son, with Whom I am well pleased.”

Now hear this good news, a ravishing precious truth that will inject a tremendous cheer to your gloomy heart: You are fully, unconditionally, and delightfully accepted by your heavenly Father. Like the red stamp on a visa that says “approved”, the Father labeled you “Accepted in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:6) Let your doubtful heart and unconvinced mind know this — The Father loves you as much as He loves the Lord Jesus Christ.

Heed though that this acceptance has nothing to do with who we are and what we did. We are loved and accepted simply because we are in Christ (the Beloved). Our grounds of acceptance is Him and not us.

This acceptance did not come free nor it could be earned by anything that we do. This, however, was purchased by Jesus’ blood on the cross where he cried “My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me.” Jesus gave up his acceptance before the Father so He can impart it to you and me. And the Father turned his back on his Beloved Son so he can face and gently embrace you instead.

In this section, we will altogether prove that just as Jesus is the object of God’s delight and affection, we too are the object of our Father’s tender love and care with no strings attached. I tell you, this truth would always lead “to the praise of His glorious grace.”