Label = Beloved

 

31 Days in My [Insert Label Here] Skin:

[Beloved]

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The definition of nexus is “the central and most important point or place.”  I picture the center of a wheel, from which everything is connected.  A “nexus,” in this sense, is not just our starting place, it goes with us wherever we go.  It is our nucleus, our fulcrum, our heart.

My nexus— and yours, too (even when we don’t feel like it or have a hard time accepting it)— is

BELOVED.

That is the “label” that trumps all the others.

We’ve spent the last month delving into all the different labels that make us who we are.  But this last one— BELOVED— this is the grandaddy of them all.  This is the one that reigns supreme.  This is the overarching “Capital T” Truth that we all need to be sure to keep in mind at any given time.  This is the one label that will never change— no matter what, despite however else you and I might grow or regress, no matter what roles or relationships we take on or leave, no matter what actions we do or don’t do.

We are Beloved.

Always.

Theologian Henri Nouwen said it this way: “Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence.”   Dave Lomas, the current Pastor of Reality SF in San Francisco, says it like this: “The truest thing about you [is] that in Christ God called you His beloved in whom He is well pleased— [and this] has been true all along.”

That is our reality, friends: the most important and true thing about each one of us is that we are loved.  Any actions we do, any “following God” or “obedience” we display in our lives— all of it ought to be in response to and flow out of the reality that, first and foremost, we are loved by God.

In Ephesians 5:1, Paul calls us “agapetos children.”  Agapetos is the Greek word for “beloved.”  It is derived from the Greek word “agape,” which expresses the highest form of love— the unconditional love of God for His children.

In other words, Paul is saying, we are God’s dearly beloved children even before we follow Him.  We are His Beloved even before we do anything noteworthy or “good” or important.

We are Beloved by God no matter what other labels we have put on ourselves and no matter what other labels anyone else has attempted to smack onto us over our lifetime.

Agapetos.

Beloved.

That is me.  That is you.

But here is the thing: Getting a fresh revelation of God’s love is not something I can conjure up for you.  It’s something you’ve got to discover on your own.  So take time today to give the Lord an opportunity to reveal a bit more of His love for you.

Here’s one idea of how to do this:  You can pray this simple prayer: Lord, I want to know the Truth about myself.  I want to know how You see me, how You feel about me.  Please show me a bit more of Your love today.  Amen.

Another possible way to help you get a new perspective on God’s love for you would be to read the story of “The Lost (or Prodigal) Son” in Luke 15:11-32.   This is one of my all-time favorite stories that displays how grace-filled and loving and welcoming God is.

One last idea would be to listen to the following song and let God’s Truth— the Truth about how Beloved you are— wash all over you.

 

Be blessed, friends.  I pray that God speaks clearly and gives you a renewed grasp on how deeply and completely and perfectly He loves you today.  Amen.

 

 

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What about you?

Can you think of a time wherein you felt particularly loved by God?  Take some time today to ask God to give you a fresh revelation of His great love for you.

Please share your journey in the comment section below.

 

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