Our Lord, The Beloved

 

 

 

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We all want to be loved, loved completely as we are in this moment. No matter what we carry in our hearts, what concerns we have or what stories we may hold onto or be silently running from- we desire to be loved now, held dearly onto in this and each moment of need, of the sweet human desire to be comforted and cared for. Sometimes we can feel that if and when we “get better” or “good enough”, then God will find us and see that we deserve His Love. We will have earned our way into the Arms of The Divine.

Our society underscores that by striving for perfection, achievement and measurement bases upon works, outcome and the trappings of status be that material, social, of power, unthinkable bias of culture and race, and a list that is too longer to itemize for it includes much that is internal and hidden from our eyes and often our own hearts. We often get caught up running after what we think that we need and live in a constant state of escalating need without the relief of true Comfort.

Actually we are just running in the wrong direction- away rather than towards our own Homeland, Our Father who is seeking us with a Love that Calls from the Beginning and knows us by name.

Deuteronomy 7.9

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.

The truth is that God loves us now, and pursues us as we are. His love is relentless and unceasing. He wants to scoop us up into His arms and allow us to let go of everything that we believe separates us from Him. 

Our Lord God, The Beloved pursues us with a love that is greater that our minds and hearts could ever fathom. He is near to us. We are each known, seen and understood by a God that can distinguish each of us deeply. Our Majestic Creator can fathom each of the stars in the galaxies and He knows your inner most thoughts.

Our mortal “equipment” such as our brains, cannot imagine such a God but yet we were each formed individually by Him and our souls made in the image of His Spirit. Our birth and death are written by His hand. Our spirits are drawn to Him in ways that get blinded and covered with the dust of mortal life.

What would it take to let go and allow God to scoop you up into His arms of Grace? Being loved like that means accepting God’s Mercy and the only thing that separates anyone from that is opening the heart’s door to Faith in His Son, Christ Jesus.

God’s Son, The Lord Christ Jesus loves with unceasing and eternal love. 

1 John 4:9-11 

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

To understand the concept of propitiation further check here: Bible Study Tools=Propitiation

The greatest commandment that Christ Jesus gave was for us to love one another as He loved us. As a deepening understanding of the Nature of Christ saturates the heart of a Christian,  there comes a recognition of the vast difference between our mortal nature and the ‘coverings’ that have come to in-case us as well as our lives and impulses with the selfless and emphatic nature that gradually swells in “reformation” by the Power of living in Abidance in The Lord. As Love is poured so generously into our own hearts and lives, we-so filled to the brim with Spirit find that this must be poured as in a great feast and shared with one another. Though in life it is more complicated than in words, it is the highest attainment and greatest commandment.

Seek God. Declare your Faith in Him. Let Him review your Heart. Receive the Love of God. Pour love forward.  Walk and live in The Kingdom of God here and now, on Earth as it is in Heaven.  

Psalm 136.26   

Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Yet He remains. He is their when we to open our hearts before him with simple childlike sincerity and there willingness to search for the Truth with Him.  More, we find the Truth In Him. And we learn to abide or live in a new way; we live our lives by allowing ourselves to be re-formed and led by the Pure Love, Joy and Spirit that pours into us because we become “Christened” (Christians, Christ-ed, with Christ) and live life Abiding in Him.

Become a Beloved of The Lord. Love Him. Seek to Know Him.

When we long to know The Lord, we need to discover His greatest gift; His Word. The Bible is God’s Word. Reading the Bible with care and a genuine desire to absorb The Gospel is the beginning of an amazing and life altering journey.

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The Holy Bible 

A noted Pastor of the 20th Century Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones (Dec 20 1899 – March 1 – 1981) that was the minister of the Westminster chapel in London said:

“We must have confidence and assurance! In what? In the Bible as the Word of God. Why? Because it is God’s Word, because it is God’s revelation; because it is not the theories and the ideas of men with respect to the truth; because it is not what men have discovered and arrived at as the result of their great study and scholarship and meditation.

It is what the living God has revealed to men, has shown them, and has commanded them to preach. Let us remember Martin Luther’s contrast between philosophy and revelation. He puts it like this: “Philosophy has to do with what can be known by human reason. Theology has to do with that which is ‘believed,’ with that which is apprehended by faith.”

This is God’s Word, this is God’s truth. This is from heaven, not from men and it is therefore invincible. We must learn to say what this great apostle said in his Epistle to the Galatians in the first chapter: “Though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed’ (verse 8). “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of God unto another gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ” (verse 6). ‘I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ’ (verses 11-12). “A dispensation of the gospel,’ he says to the Corinthians and to others, has been ‘committed unto me’ (1 Corinthians 9:17).”

1 John 3:1  

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

When that happens you begin to understand the meaning of the word “Beloved”.  It is how He speaks to all that come to Him in The Family of God. This is more than a word, it is a vivid and palpable experience of heart, mind, body and soul that plants itself like a young sprout in the beginning and over time matures into a vast Tree with deep roots that is who you are with and In Him. 

John 1:14   

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

When we discover God, we find our true nature for He is our Creator. The Peace of being reunited with the One that truly Loves you in a way so vast and Eternal is life-altering. It the most profound and miraculous Gift that we can receive. It lies waiting for each of us like a seed in our hearts. We only need to listen, to respond and to seek the Salvation of God’s Call. Life turns over. Love enters. A relationship begins that will give life a new birth. We find The Beloved that has been seeking us.

Romans 8:35-39    

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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My Pastor asks a Question

My Pastor, Tom Holliday from Alexandria Presbyterian Church asked us recently, “Who would you be willing to lay down your life for?. Do you know anyone that would be willing to lay their life down for you?” My heart beat quickly and gave me the answer to both questions. Yes. And Yes. Because I have been so deeply loved by God, I would pour that without limit for someone else. I have many brother and sisters in Christ and there are more that do not yet know him; I would lay down my life for them to bring them into His Love and preserve the Love that I have for them for all eternity.

Relentless Love is everything about being a Christian.

What is a Christian?

A Christian is someone who…

Has answered the call of Salvation. If you’ve accepted God’s gift of salvation, how has your life changed? Do you have the marks of a follower of Jesus Christ, a Christian? If so, your life will be characterized by love for others and obedience to God’s Word. 1 John 2:4-6 says, “Whoever says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.”

a Christian is someone who…

has been born again by God (John 3:3; John 3:7; 1 Peter 1:23) and has put faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8 tells us that it is “…by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

A true Christian is a person who…

has put faith and trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ, including His death on the cross as payment for sins and His resurrection on the third day. John 1:12 tells us, “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” The mark of a true Christian is love for others and obedience to God’s Word (1 John 2:4, 10). A true Christian is indeed a child of God, a part of God’s true family, and one who has been given new life in Jesus Christ.

and admits that they’re a member of the human race; a sinner; “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

and has realized that there are consequences to their sin in this life and for eternity; “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” & “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 6:23 & 5:8)

A Christian has…

accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior (repented of their sins and committed their life for Jesus Christ); “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”                                  (Romans 10:9-10)  

  

~My prayer is that you know the Love of God and allow your heart to be cradled by His joyful, infallible and unrelenting Mercy that rushes to you in this moment.               

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