Contemporary English Version (CEV)
This concept amazes me... we are in the same family as Jesus. This is all due to his great love, and the sacrifice he was willing to offer on the cross. Without that, we would remain as we are -- sinful, broken, and distant from God. Without Christ, there would be no hope, but with Christ, there is the free gift of being grafted into the family of God. God looks at you as he looks at Christ... that is simply astounding to me, to be covered with such grace and mercy. God's love is infinite and capable of complete transformation -- will you let it change you?