We all have a need to be accepted. I have felt misunderstood, left out and rejected many times. In my first year at school, I was one of those kids who was usually the last one picked to play baseball with my classmates. It really hurt.

How about you? Can you remember times when you felt all alone? Here is the good news. We are not alone! We can be secure in the fact that God loves us and accepts us as his children. I John 3:1 says, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” When I realized that Jesus Christ accepted me just the way I was, a new security came into my life. And now, I can accept others, because I know that God has accepted me!

God has good plans for your life today. The bible says…”those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17b). Regardless of what is going on around you, He wants you to reign in life through Jesus Christ. And we are righteous (right with God) through faith in Christ.

Being right with God and accepted by Him is a gift. It cannot be earned. Just receive his free gift today. Do not allow the enemy to get your focus off of Jesus and His gift of righteousness. Refuse to be controlled by your feelings or circumstances. Rise up in faith and begin to reign in life through Jesus Christ and His righteousness! I have good news for you: You don’t have to wait. You can start right now!