What does it mean to be God’s Beloved?
While writing my previous blog post, I looked up the link to Josh Wilson’s “Dream Small” song on YouTube. I left the app open while I inserted the link. The next song in the queue started playing, and once it hit the chorus, it took my attention away from my writing. I went back to YouTube, and started the song from the beginning–“I Am Your Beloved” by Bethel Music, featuring Jonathan David Helser and Melissa Helser.
The words seeped into my soul.
I shared the link on my Facebook page and also with my daily prayer partners. One of my friends has a connection with the people involved with that song.
The next morning, I listened to the song before I started reading my Bible. Sitting in my comfy leather chair with two silly dogs on my lap, I closed my eyes and allowed God’s Truth to speak into my heart.
As I listened, I felt as if God was asking what it meant to me to be His beloved. My eyes dampened, but tears aren’t unusual when I think about the love God has for me. In fact, one of my favorite hymns is “The Love of God,” especially this verse:
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
and were the skies of parchment made;
were ev’ry stalk on earth a quill,
and ev’ryone a scribe by trade;
to write the love of God above
would drain the ocean dry;
nor could the scroll contain the whole,
though stretched from sky to sky.
What does beloved mean?
Beloved is defined as dearly loved or even dear to the heart. Biblical beloved goes even deeper than that.
John 3:16 reads: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
God loved the world…all mankind. Because of this love, He gave us his most precious treasure–His Son. His only Son. Those who choose to believe in Him—those who trust in Him to receive His love—will have eternal life. People in our lives who claim to love us may break our hearts and turn their backs on us. However, God’s love is unchanging.
Who is called His beloved?
With the death of Jesus on the cross, the veil was torn. We no longer need an intercessor to go to the Heavenly Father. Now, He is simply a prayer away. To be called His beloved, we need to be sons and daughters of God.
- accepting Him as the creator of all things.
- believing Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
- confessing those sins that stand between us and our Heavenly Father.
- declaring, “Jesus is Lord”
When we accept the gift of the cross—God’s gift of salvation—then Heaven rejoices. We enter His kingdom and become His beloved. He takes away our sin and our shame. He has written our names on His hands. And we will spend eternity in Heaven with Him.When we accept the gift of the cross—God's gift of salvation—then Heaven rejoices. We enter His kingdom and become His beloved. #TellHisStory #salvation #Godsgift Click To Tweet
I wasn’t always His beloved.
I grew up in the church until I was about sixteen. Then tragedy struck my life. My grandma—my rock, my security—had passed away unexpectedly. I was so angry at God that I decided I didn’t need Him and turned my back on Him for a little more than a decade.
Then one cold Wednesday night during an ordinary prayer meeting at the church I had started attending, my pastor at the time had been preaching on family values. I wasn’t living them. As a wife and mother of two little boys, I needed a change. Because I was hurting those I loved most. More than that, I needed Jesus.
I believed the lies. I believed I wasn’t worthy. I believed He couldn’t love me.
But He could, and He does. He met me right where I was. Finally, I believed my Father’s love and mercy were greater than my shame. Through my sobs, I dropped to my knees and accepted the love of the One who knew me best. And I haven’t looked back.
That February marks my salvation anniversary. Now, for nearly half my life, He’s had my heart. He bought me with His blood. My name is written on His hand. I am His beloved. You can be too. God’s gift of salvation is yours only for the asking.What Does it Mean to be God’s Beloved? #tellhisstory #faith #Christianliving Click To Tweet