Ephesians 1:5 (NLT) 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.

There’s a difference between the parents of biological and adopted children. Parents tend to accept biological children a little bit more due to the fact they see a little bit of themselves in that child. It doesn’t matter if they have tantrums, misbehave, or have a bad attitude; most parents are willing to endure their children’s issues and raise them.

Parents of adopted children can be a little bit different. There’s a reason why everyone is not rushing out to adopt a child. It takes a special person to truly love and embrace a child who is not their own and who looks nothing like them. If adopted children have too many issues, some parents are quick to put them back into the system.

Parents of biological children tend to intensely love their children by default, while good parents of adopted children make the decision to love.

With flaws and all, God chose and decided to love us. Not only did He love us, He sent Jesus to save us from eternal damnation. He could have stopped there, but He loved us enough to adopt us into His family and give us an inheritance we didn’t deserve. This is our Father. He decided to love us and not allow anything to separate us from His love.

Romans 8:39 (NLT) No power in the sky above or in the earth below–indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.