“We love, because He first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19
God didn’t wait until we loved Him before returning His love to us. He set the example of Matthew 5:44, 46.
18. You are being refined.
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversations received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” – 1 Peter 1:18-19
God redeemed you from the hand of the enemy by Christ’s precious blood. You’ve been washed clean with that blood.
19. You are chosen.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” – 1 Peter 2:9
The Bible declares you are chosen. You aren’t common or ordinary. You are royalty and holy. You are included with those God calls His “possession."
20. God watches over you.
“For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and His ears attend to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” – 1 Peter 3:12
God is watching over your every move. He proactively listens to you to help you. Why? Because you are special to Him, and He loves you.
One of my sisters-in-Christ says the Bible is 66 love letters from God to us. And she is correct. Narrowing down those 66 love letters to 20 scriptures is difficult. These scriptures aren't the only verses that teach us how beloved we are. They are simply a starting point.
I encourage you to let Abraham, Sarah, Joseph, David, Hagar, Esther, Ruth, Mary (Jesus mother), Lazarus, Mary, Martha, Noah, and all the other witnesses tell you how beloved you are. You'll spend a lifetime reading and gleaning from their stories.
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