Beloved by Benjamin Patrick David
I absolutely love when the Bible starts a letter, a verse, or statement with the word, “Beloved”. One word with so much meaning, strength, and truth behind it. The word “Beloved” means this:
“The one whom God loves.”
I’m not sure about anyone else, but when reading my Bible, seeing the word “Beloved” sends tingles into my soul, because I am someone who God loves. The most beautiful part of this love is not what I get from it, although that is marvelous also. But instead, How I got it.
I’ve not had the chance to be a father, but I have heard stories that having a kid is amazing because of the love that has gone into them. Think about it, from the time you find out you’re pregnant, you experience multiple emotions. Fear of what others may think of you, Anxiety from the work that goes into being a parent, excitement for the birthdays and holidays you get to share, and most of all Love. Without seeing them, without holding them, without knowing their gender, you fall completely in love with them. They didn’t do anything special to receive this love, just was there. Yet, your love for them is so strong that you’d do anything for them.
Thinking about the word, “Beloved” I am brought to a place of emotions because I know that I am loved, but I also know that I have received this unconditional love because I am there. I didn’t have to do anything to receive it, I didn’t have to act a certain way, say a certain phrase. I am loved where I am at because God simply wants to love me. And like the child in the womb, I didn’t do anything to receive the love given, but still, I am loved.
The hardest part of following Jesus is right after I make the biggest mistake of my life, accepting that I am still loved. Accepting I’m still forgiven. Accepting that I am accepted. It doesn’t make sense to me that love like this exists, but it does and it has been given to everyone.
Romans 5:8 “God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
In my sin, Jesus decided to go to the cross, trade in righteousness for shame so that I could take what was rightfully His and claim it as mine… Beloved, never let anyone try to tell you that you have nobody that loves you.
Psalm 86:15 “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”
This is a good verse, and one that I am glad is in the Bible. Sometimes I feel like God is so mad at me, He is so displeased with me, I am no longer worthy to be His son. But this just shows his patience with my stupidity and his grace towards my arrogance. God is so in love with you today, and nothing you do can change that. No amount of times you mess up, at the top of the mountain, or the bottom of the valley, you are loved. God has never once left you in the valley, I know some days it feels like He has, but I promise you that He hasn’t. You are not forgotten about, not left alone to dry, but cherished, and appreciated by the King of all Kings.
Beloved, when you sin, remember that you are loved and Jesus has taken the place to make you completely righteous. I know right after you mess up that thought of shame, hurt and ugliness take over. But that’s not what Jesus is saying to you. He is saying “Beloved, Beloved! stop allowing your feelings to take over and cover what is true about you! I love you.”
Proverbs 8:17 ‘I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.’
God’s unfailing love for us is an objective fact affirmed over and over in the Scriptures. It is true whether we believe it or not. Our doubts do not destroy God’s love, nor does our faith create it. It originates in the very nature of God, who is love, and it flows to us through our union with His beloved Son. ~ Jerry Bridges