BELOVED

If there was ever one predominate necessity for humanity I think it would be the need to know love and feel love. The tragedy is that most people venture through life never really knowing what real love feels like. The reason being is that true love can’t exist through a self-sufficient lifestyle, love can only exist when one chooses to live outside of self.


That is why God stepped out of eternity and into time. He came not only to show us what true love looked like, but to convince us that we are truly loved.

John 17:23 says, "May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you
sent me and that you love them as much as you love me."


No one will ever love you more or better than God himself. For when you are loved by God you are in return loved by the creator of it.


I think what really gets in the way of us being radically loved by God is what we let define our worth. The basis of my personal worth is not my possessions, my talents, esteem from others, reputation, applause, or everyone telling me how important I am. My true personal worth can only be found in the belovedness of Christ. Living in awareness of our belovedness is the axis around which the Christian life revolves.


Our true worth comes when we begin to get a greater understanding of God’s love towards us and that love is poured out through the Holy Spirit.


Romans 5:5 says, "And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love."


The indispensable condition for developing and maintaining the awareness of our belovedness is time alone with God. Spending time alone with God is the most essential for experiencing your belovedness. In solitude we tune out the nay-saying whispers of our worthlessness and sink down into the mystery of our true self.


Being the beloved is our identity, the core of our existence. It is not merely a lofty thought, an inspiring idea, or one name among many. It is the name by which God knows us and the way He relates to us.


Many people find there identity through wealth, power and relationships. We think our truth self is the measure of our performance and rank. When we choose to identify ourself through these things it completley eclipses the love of God. When I draw meaning from any source other than my belovedness, I am spiritually dead.


God’s love for you and his choice of you constitute your worth. We need to accept that and let it become the most important thing in our life.


Ephesians 1:6 says, "To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved."


Studies have shown that in the heart of every child there is a cry for his father’s approval. Something happens when a father says to his boy, “Daddy is so proud of you.” Or when a father says to his girl, “You will always be Daddy’s favorite girl.”


You can catch such a similar special moment in the Bible when God the Father displayed His approval of His Son.


Matthew 3:17 says, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."


The Bible shows us that Jesus’ ministry began with the approval of the Father, even before He had performed any miracle.


Now, you may think that God would naturally say that of Jesus, but not of us.


My friend, the truth is that Jesus came for us and as us. He died for us and as us. He received the approval of the Father for us and as us. He came as our representative. And if that is not enough, God tells us in His Word that we are “accepted in the Beloved”!


Why did God specifically say “accepted in the Beloved” and not simply “accepted in Christ”? I believe that it is because He is calling to our remembrance what had happened at the Jordan river where He said, “This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”


God wants us to know that we are His beloved and that He is well pleased with us. God sees us as His beloved because He has made us accepted in the Beloved. He wants us to wake up every day knowing that we are His beloved, unconditionally loved and wholly approved.


The more we know how much we are loved and treasured by God, the more we can expect good things to happen in our lives.


We can expect to be healthy and whole. When we realize that we are the objects of God’s love, instead of becoming easily frightened or threatened by anything or anyone, we become confident that we will win every fight of life.


That, my friend, is how your heavenly Father wants you to live. So live life today confident that you are God’s beloved!