“The greatest honor we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love” (Julian of Norwich).
It’s not living right in order to win God’s favor and approval but because we already have it. It’s not about living gladly in order somehow to earn God’s love but because we know that He loves us already.
For those who belong to God in Jesus, we can say that we are truly and deeply loved. We can live gladly out of the knowledge of that love. We can inspire and compel others to want to know this love by how deep our gladness is over God’s love.
May we never take for granted that this God, Maker and King of the Universe, has set His affections on us and is truly in love with us.