We all know people who seem to be glad to see us, that make us feel wanted. When we walk into the room, we see their pleased expressions and might receive a verbal confirmation, too. My person was my maternal grandmother, Sadie. All the days of my life, she treated me like royalty, special. In fact, I can't think of one thing that I did for her to deserve her love--except love her back.
Grandma's love reflected the state of her heart.
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” 1 John 3:1 (NIV)
We are saved for Him because we have a holy purpose.
“God calls us his children and has given us ‘a holy calling’ not because we did anything noble enough to deserve it either. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” 2 Timothy 1:8-12 (NKJV)
I am persuaded by love.