Today couldn’t be a more perfect day to write about what beloved means. It’s been a birthday celebration day. When we celebrate life, it is a remembrance of our worth and value. When others celebrate our lives, it is a song of assurance reminding us just how much our lives matter. For this time’s 31 days post, I wanted to write about the various meanings of beloved. I’ll still do that, but I also want to share some of thoughts that speak to another meaning of beloved.
Pause with me. Let these words sink deep into the root of your soul. Roll them around in your heart. Believe this beautiful truth. Let it transform you from the inside out. Allow lies to shatter like brittle glass so you can be free to be the Beloved.
Here’s what I’ve unearthed about what Beloved means:
Worthy of love
These are only a few of the words I uncovered using Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance (Strong, 1995), and other words I wrote because they struck a chord in me or seemed to be implied in the verses I read. Oh, the fine nuances of languages other than English. When I think of the word beloved, few, if any of the above terms came to mind. But they should because to be the beloved is to be all of those things. I don’t know about you, but I love all the ways we, the body of Christ, are referred to as the beloved and what truth it reveals.
God is all about the restoration of our identity. He doesn’t seem to mind repeating the message of Love or His promises. Maybe this is why meditating on the Word of God is so powerful. Perhaps this is why God told the Israelites, through Moses; “Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes” (Deuteronomy 11:18).
God-truth is redemptive, but if we’re not reading it, pondering it, or applying it, then we’re missing something deeper. I continue to learn the depths of God’s love for His children.
Meditating on the Word of God changes our gaze. It shifts our focus. It enables us to internalize God-truth in such a way that it becomes an integral part of our being. We become more unshakeable. We become more sure-footed. We become brave. We become as He is in the world (1 John 4:17). We become as He meant for us to be.
I don’t know about you, but even when I have read the same passages over and over again or at different times, something catches in my soul. My mind may not always remember word for word, but there have been AHA! moments that caught me by surprise. I treasure those moments because more often than not, they are just what my heart needs. It inspires faith and hope.
When I read what beloved means, it tells me how God chose me. It was and is an act of His will to love me, to love you, to love all of us. Despite our imperfections, God has chosen to love us, adopt us, and lavish us with unmerited grace.
Friend, you are so dearly and most ardently loved. Your life matters. May these words give you hope and confidence.
- I am fearfully and wonderfully made – a unique creation– and beautifully attractive because I am redeemed (Psalm 139).
- God dances and sings over me (Zephaniah 3:17)
- He gives me beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:1-3).
- I am His handiwork (Ephesians 2:10); and I’m worth fighting for.
- I can rest between His shoulders, and when I let go of my frailty and selfishness, the reward is worth the sacrifice. I lay down my life, and
- He gives me love and grace eternal (Deuteronomy 33:12).
- I am no longer condemned (Romans 8:31-36). God knows my whole story – even the broken, unholy, foul, and ugly pieces … still, He loves the whole of me.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright @1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Use by permission. All rights reserved.
Strong, James. The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1995.