Dan Cruver has a must read post over at the Gospel Coalition Blog titled: What Orphans Need: Christians Who Live in the Joy of Their Father’s Delight
Here is a choice section, but please take the time to read the whole thing:
What orphans need are churches that are full of people who wake up each morning hearing and rehearsing these amazing words that are declared over them. “You are my beloved child, in whom I am well pleased. Yes, you were once without hope and without God in this world, but I have brought you near by the blood of Jesus. I have embraced you in the Beloved. Live in my love as you move out in mission.”
If you are a Christian, God declares these amazing words over you. He doesn’t speak them over you because you have earned them. You could never do enough to earn these words of love. God speaks these words over you because of who Jesus is for you.