Monday, December 22, 2014

You are Beloved...

In this Scripture, the word Beloved (agapao in Greek) speaks especially of love as based on evaluation and choice, a matter of will and action. Beloved is in the perfect tense, which in this context, conveys the idea of permanence and speaks of the Father having always loved the Son. Jesus Christ is the One Who is ever in the state of being loved by the Father, and where are saved sinners? In the Beloved...when you know and believe you are Beloved, you will see things others do not see.

Many years ago, I heard Elisabeth Elliot open her Gateway To Joy radio show with these comforting words of Scripture, ‘You are loved with an everlasting love.’ That's what the Bible says. ‘And underneath are the everlasting arms.’ I came to a place in my life where I wanted, more than anything else, to know and love God more. God is so inconceivably good. He’s not looking for perfection. He already saw it in Christ. He’s looking for affection. That’s why every lasting change will invariably be a change of heart. He’ll even supply the heart, if we’ll ask Him…Lord Jesus, give me a heart to know you and love you more, believing that I am accepted in the Beloved.

Henri Nouwen, the famous author, once gave a postcard print of Rembrandt’s painting pictured below, Return of the Prodigal, to individuals who came to hear him speak. He asked them to look at the hands of father—one hand looks more masculine and strong, and the other hand looks more feminine and gentle. Recently, we attended a Chris Tomlin concert and heard a short message during the concert by pastor Louie Giglio on the Scripture Luke 15. He started his message by stating that the word “prodigal” means “lavish,” although the son was lavish in his lifestyle, the father was also lavish in his love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and acceptance. What a wonderful way to illustrate the unconditional love God has for all of us prodigals, full of grace and truth, His open arms saying, You are My Beloved...
Rembrandt's Return of the Prodigal
Take a few minutes to watch this powerful music video, When God Ran...

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.—Romans  8:38-39 

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.—John 3:16 

This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.—I John 4:10 

We love because He first loved us.—I John 4:19

Was this encouraging to you? Please feel free to leave a comment in the box below, I'd love to hear from you!

Linking up with Holley Gerth as an encourager.


  1. It is so encouraging and comforting to know that nothing can separate us from God's hand. I used to worry over my salvation "sticking" as a teenager, and once I understood and claimed these verses, God brought such peace to my soul. Thank you for this post!

    1. Paige, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your encouraging comment on my blog…I LOVE your blog post with the wonderful multisensory descriptions of Amazing Grace, so personal, so intimate, so much like Jesus…it was a joy to experience with you…and I love your friend’s song…powerful!

  2. Affection, not perfection. I love that line! Merry Christmas Beth!

    1. Merry Christmas, Sarah, thank you for your encouraging comment. I love your post today, reminding me to live in this moment, receiving all that the Lord chooses to bless me with--breath, heartbeat, movement, vision, hearing, family, love--savoring it all in a multisensory way, grateful for what I see, hear, smell, taste, and touch--after all, He is here, Emmanuel, God with us.

  3. Beautiful message, Beth. I used to love listening to Elisabeth Elliot. Thank you for reminding me of her legacy.

    1. Thank you, Karen, for your encouraging comment. I stopped by your new site,'s wonderful...many blessings to you :)


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