I have a FB friend who is a writer, she likes to say be the beloved. But what does that mean? What is a beloved soul? Let’s see what the Word says about it, and keep in mind that Jesus was God’s beloved Son, if you read that you will notice that the devil in tempting Jesus twists the phrase and leaves it out. Well, he certainly wasn’t about to admit that and he doesn’t want us to know we are either.
Though Jesus asks the Father to love us like He is love and He was crucified so are we, crucified with Him as believers, and by His Spirit become beloved sons and daughters. And the verses, Be imitators of God, therefore, as beloved children, and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God.…Ephesians 5:1, 2. God looks at us as beloved children, and don’t think He won’t correct us. And what a wonderful thought that we can wear the perfume of Christ.
As the beloved, we are to love each other, 1 John 4:7 Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you must stand firm in the Lord, my beloved. Phillipians 4:1 is a great verse reminding us to be the beloved standing firm as we long for our beloved Jesus our joy and crown.
But you, beloved, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God as you await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you eternal life.…Jude 20, 21. This is an important verse for believers, the beloved build themselves up by praying in the Spirit, or using the gift of tongues. As a believer you can ask for this gift if you don’t have it, be sure and study up on it and use it on a regular basis, as it is power and the enemy moves in if he sees you not taking advantage of that gift. Love is the greatest gift and supersedes all, but this one has helped me tremendously. Still, His love is above all of it.
Ephesians 5:1 says we have been accepted into the beloved. Meaning Jesus, of course. And only because of His grace. Isaiah 51:1 says, I will sing to my beloved. Zephaniah 3:17 says He rejoices over us with singing and quiets us with His love and it is one of my favorite verses ever. We can sing to Jesus and imagine He is singing over us, and of course what better way to quiet us than with a lullaby at night. Oh, how I love Jesus because, He first loved me.
Paul and others use the term for believers, the church or body of Christ a number of times in the New Testament, here are a few definitions of what we are to God and why we should act like it, walk in it and believe it, not brats but bright, shining and intelligent children who are admired, adored, appreciated, esteemed, relished, revered, prized, treasured and prefered. Christians should prefer one another, and let’s be encouraging, build each other up, just like the Spirit does for us.
Some names are even associated with beloved, like Aimee, Cara, David, and Phillip. Charity is nice and Jedidah, pronounced with a y instead of j, is Hebrew, interestly, there were a lot of names on that list but some for other gods. I was surprised to find Mary there as I was always told it meant bitterness. I read that it did indeed have several variations, sea of bitterness and even wished for a child, but that the name could date back to Miriam and farther, from the Egyptian, myr, meaning beloved. Truly, Mary’s life had bittersweet moments, she is revered but not to be worshiped and she wished for a child and was beloved.
So hopefully, we have learned something about being the beloved, even through perseverance and bittersweet times and sorrows, Jesus was a man of sorrows and acquainted with sorrows. Isaiah 53 recounts His most holy sacrifice and how His being the beloved made us so in salvation and in peace. So as my friend says, be the beloved. Rebecca Jones / Almos Bechtold Unsplash, thanks.