This happens to be one of my most favorite words. Beloved. It carries this weightless meaning that saturates the soul and gets into the marrow of the bones. Beloved.
Merriam Webster says it means : dearly loved : dear to the heart
The Free Dictionary
|Noun||1.||beloved – a beloved person; used as terms of endearment
lover – a person who loves someone or is loved by someone
|Adj.||1.||beloved – dearly loved
loved – held dear; “his loved companion of many years”
Collins Essential Thesaurus 2nd Edition 2006 © HarperCollins Publishers 2005, 2006
Okay. I think you get it, but let it rest on you. Let it fill you. Let it wash over you. You are beloved. I am beloved.
I’ve been reading the book of Daniel in the Old Testament of the bible–an interesting read and inspirational too. My faith is bolstered when i read about Daniel and others who stood their ground in faith–believing God. They didn’t just believe in God; they believed God. Their’s was not some static, lip-service-only faith–it required their trust in the invisible. They had amazing faith. Daniel was a man of prayer. His life was dedicated to God in service and prayer, and yet he was in the world; but he did not let the world define him. His light and faith still shone. As a man of prayer, Daniel talked to God quite a lot never wavering, but when disturbed by visions of what would happen to the kingdom, he was overwhelmed–physically and emotionally. He prayed for God to have mercy–Dan. 9. Our nation needs the mercy of God. Those who know to pray, let us pray, intercede, and seek the Lord. God will hear from heaven. He can heal our land if we turn to Him and away from sin (2 Chron. 2).
Today I am writing about the love of God. Beloved. Daniel was visited by an angel, and the greeting to him–Dan. 9:23; NKJV–was…”you are greatly beloved…” He was praying. The Lord heard. The Lord sent Him word; and even when Daniel’s strength failed because he learned about the coming downfall of kingdoms, he was strengthened by the Lord and told “man, greatly beloved”–Dan. 10:11, 19.
These words have stuck with me that last few days. That Daniel was a man of prayer. That he was “greatly beloved”. Dan. 2 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.
God heard. God knew. God sent his word. Love was spoken over this man; and he was told to not be afraid. So a little something to consider today is that we have access to the Father because of the work of Christ on the cross. His blood cleansed us–made us right with God and brought us into the light–brought us into right relationship with God. We can pray to God, and he will hear. We too, are His beloved. I can set my heart on God and to understand–to know Him more. He knows. He hears me. I am beloved. You are beloved.
Choose to live in this truth– I am my beloved’s, And my beloved is mine; Song of Solomon 6:3. Know that He always hears when we call. He strengthens us to be able to stand with the storm is raging all around us–just as He did with Daniel.