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Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

Beloved?!!!

One of the wonderful words applied by God to His people is “beloved.” Can you believe it? Dare we believe that God views us as His beloved (see Colossians 3:12 and Ephesians 5:1 for only two illustrations). Life can be so difficult, especially at times, that being aware of our “belovedness” by our Father God can unleash such joy in our hearts…the joy of the Lord which becomes our strength. 

God wants His children to know and feel that they are beloved by Him. There is a beautiful security in this which beckons to us. Deuteronomy 33:12 says, “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders.” Isn’t that gorgeous?!

Henry Nouwen wrote this to a friend, “All I want to say to you is, ‘You are the Beloved,’ and all I hope is that you can hear these words as spoken to you with all the tenderness and force that love can hold. My only desire is to make these words reverberate in every corner of your being—‘You are the Beloved.’”

Listen to me now. Can you hear this? Will you try to let God convince you of that which your heart trembles to accept? You are the Beloved. Yes…you are His Beloved. God says so! The Bible says so! The Cross of Christ says so! It may be that our faith is never more tested than in accepting this spiritual reality. We feel so undeserving. We are so sinful. Surely God puts up with me because of the Cross. He tolerates me and my unworthiness. But no! That’s not it. That’s not faith enough. My Bible says I am His Beloved! So are you! Dare we think that God views us as His Beloved…that He doesn’t love us only because He has to love us, but that He even likes us?!! This is the only conclusion faith can draw. We are identified Biblically as the Beloved. Being the beloved is our calling. The core truth about us is not our terrible sinfulness…not our gifts…but our belovedness. We are the beloved children of the Great, Good and Gracious God of Heaven. May we live our lives like one of His Beloved! Praise God, that’s what we are! And such status isn’t for us alone, is it? Isn’t He wonderful?

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4 thoughts on “Beloved?!!!

  1. “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders.” WOW!!! Thank you for sharing that verse. I love any verse that talks about rest and security. I’ve found that those are very important to me these last few years. Since I’ve returned to my beloved He has shown me that I can feel safe again, secure again, and I can rest again (between His shoulders). I spent lots of time in fitful sleep, walking around insecure … I don’t feel that way very often anymore, but it takes something very small to throw me back into it. Fortunately my recovery period is quicker and quicker as my faith gets stronger. God sends me reminders every single day, that I’m surrounded by His people and held in His arms … I can rest secure.

    Blogs like these are one avenue God uses to encourage me daily … thank you for sharing your heart.

    WHAT YOU ARE EXPRESSING, PAIGE, IS THE GOSPEL WITHIN THE GOSPEL. WE ARE FORGIVEN, BLESS HIS NAME. AND HE HAS NOT ONLY MADE IT POSSIBLE THRU JESUS’ CROSS…NOT ONLY COMMUNICATED IT TO US CLEARLY…BUT LETS US KNOW, WITHOUT DOUBT, THAT HE’S IN OUR CORNER. HE NOT ONLY WANTS US FORGIVEN…BUT HE INVITES US TO KNOW IT…ACCEPT IT AND LIVE OUT THE EXPERIENCE OF IT. I AM VERY ENCOURAGED BY YOUR TESTIMONY REGARDING YOUR RECOVERY TIME GETTING SHORTER AND SHORTER AS YOUR FAITH GETS STRONGER. THAT’S IT EXACTLY. IT’S NOT THAT WE CARE LESS ABOUT OUR SINS (ACTUALLY, JUST THE OPPOSITE) BUT IT’S THAT WE SEE MORE CLEARLY AND EMBRACE MORE COMPLETELY THE GREATNESS…THE BEAUTY…THE COST…OF HIS FORGIVENESS. AND THIS I KNOW, BECAUSE HE SAID SO…WE ARE GOING TO GET THERE, BECAUSE HE HAS BEGUN A WORK IN US THAT HE WILL FINISH. AND WE ARE GOING TO ALLOW HIM TO DO SO, AREN’T WE? WITH YOU, I AM GLAD FOR THE SECURE REST JESUS IS TO US. PAIGE, YOU ARE HIS BELOVED.

  2. Doug,
    From one who struggles with the thought of being ANYone’s beloved…..thank you for the lesson. I know God loves me…I do know it. He shows me in so many ways. But to even begin to come to grips with the depth of that love is so BEYOND me!! I know we can’t understand it fully…but sometimes I don’t get it at all. The Deuteronomy words are beautiful….rest between His shoulders….Wow!

    Thank you again Doug, for showing God to me through your wonderful heart.

    SHERRY,
    I HOPE YOUR THANKSGIVING DAY WAS GOOD. OURS WAS AWESOME. ALL THE KIDS AND BOTH MY GRANDKIDS WERE HERE. I AM AMAZED BY EVERY MEMBER OF OUR FAMILY. WHAT GOD HAS DONE AND IS DOING IN THEM OVERWHELMS ME…SENDS ME INTO JOYSPELLS THAT TAKE MY BREATH AWAY. IF FOR SOME TERRIBLE REASON(S) I LOST ALL OF THEM (GOD FORBID) BEGINNING WITH MY DEAR WIFE AND EXTENDING TO THOSE PRECIOUS GRANDDAUGHTERS…IF THE MONEY FOR NECESSARY FOOD AND SHELTER WERE TO VANISH…IF MY FRIENDS ALL DESERTED ME…IF MY HEALTH LEFT ME NEVER TO RETURN IN THIS LIFE…IF TEARS BECAME MY DAILY FOOD…NONE OF THESE, NOR ALL OF THESE TOGETHER WOULD PROVE THAT GOD DOESN’T LOVE ME (I DON’T SAY THAT I WOULD HAVE FAITH ENOUGH TO EMBRACE THIS TRUTH). THIS IS PART OF WHAT ROMANS 8:35FF IS TELLING US. GOD SAID AS ONLY HE COULD SAY IT IN THE CROSS OF JESUS…”THIS…” HE TELLS US AT CALVARY “…IS ALL THE EVIDENCE YOU WILL EVER NEED TO HAVE THAT I LOVE YOU. AND WHATEVER YOU SEE FROM THIS TIME FORWARD…WHATEVER YOU EXPERIENCE…WHATEVER THE HARDSHIPS…THE REGRETS…THE SUFFERING…THE LONELINESS…ALLOW NOTHING AND NO ONE TO CONVINCE YOU OTHERWISE.” I’M TRYING TO LIVE THAT FAITH DAILY. I KNOW YOU ARE TOO. WHEN YOU SAID, “SOMETIMES I DON’T GET IT AT ALL…” I REALLY RELATE TO THAT…I FEEL THE SAME THING. I THINK WE ALL DO. BUT EVEN THAT WRETCHED FEELING DOWN DEEP INSIDE US, CANNOT ULTIMATELY CONVINCE US THAT HE DOESN’T LOVE US. THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS WON’T ALLOW US TO GO DOWN LIKE THAT. WHEN WE CAN’T HOLD THIS FAITH OF HIS LOVE FOR US, HE’LL HOLD US…CARRY US BETWEEN HIS SHOULDERS.
    YOU ARE HIS BELOVED, SHERRY.

  3. I know the verse … I know the feeling … because of you. Thank you.

    I love you … so that makes you my “beloved”, right? You love me … so that makes me your “beloved”, right? But your love for me … your expression of your love for me … does more than that … it makes me believe that I am His “beloved” – that I, too, can “rest secure” in Him … find safety behind His “shield” all day long … and “rest between His shoulders”.

    Seems to me that if we are resting “between His shoulders”, He must be carrying us. You have done that for me … especially this last several years … and He has taught me of His love – through yours. Thank you … beloved friend. Rex

    YES! I AM YOUR BELOVED. YES! YOU ARE MY BELOVED! AND AMEN TO YOUR THOUGHT THAT THIS KIND OF LOVE TURNS OUR HEARTS TOWARD FATHER GOD AND HELPS US BELIEVE WE ARE FIRST AND BEST OF ALL, HIS BELOVED. WE DIDN’T COME UP WITH THIS ON OUR OWN. WHAT WOULD WE KNOW OF LOVE, IF NOT FOR THE CROSS? I KNEW A LOT ABOUT GREED AND SELFISHNESS. I KNEW ABOUT STUBBORNESS AND REBELLION. I KNEW ABOUT LONELINESS AND MISERY. I KNEW ABOUT BEING TRAPPED AND CONSUMED BY MY OWN EVIL. BUT I HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OF A LOVE THAT WAS WORTHY OF THE NAME UNTIL I EXPERIENCED HIS DYING LOVE THAT WAS UNDYING…UNTIL HE LOOKED AT ME AND SAID, “LIVE!”…UNTIL HE RE-SET THE RHYTHYM OF MY HEART WITH HIS OWN HEART THAT BEATS FOR LOST PEOPLE JUST LIKE ME. TO MY LIFELONG JOY, I NOTED THAT SAME RHYTHYM IN YOUR HEART NEARLY THIRTY-THREE YEARS AGO. AND YES, HE IS CARRYING US “BETWEEN HIS SHOULDERS” AS YOU HAVE DONE FOR ME ACROSS MILES AND TIME AND BUSY SCHEDULES AND LIFE’S BURDENS. I KNOW YOUR HEART. I STILL RECOGNIZE ITS RHYTHYM. SO DO ALL KINDS OF OTHER SINNERS LIKE ME. IT IS HELPING US HOMEWARD. I LOVE YOU, R.

  4. This is some awesome dialogue. It’s incredible to see the love that can be expressed by friends and “strangers” who are inseparably connected in Christ. Only God can accomplish this.

    Perhaps nothing in my post-high school spiritual journey has had the impact on my ability to trudge on and overcome obstacles than the knowledge that the King of kings speaks in the language that only lovers can share…to ME!! I selfishly claim that knowledge for myself (not myself alone, of course…but it must a note heard by the individual and not just the “world” or the “church”…it makes such the difference to hear it for “ME”).

    Thanks for the reminder of this great truth! Love you Pops!

    Junior

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