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We all long to be loved.
We were hardwired with that longing, which was integrally woven into our design by our Designer & Creator.
For He longs for us to awaken from our slumber, and accept we are beloved.
But we are not only loved, and created to be loved.
We all long to be beloved.
That special someone to our special someone.
The treasured loved one, precious and not just wanted, but pursued with delight by our Beloved.
The truth is:
We are His beloved.
He paid His dearest to show us that love with abandon, right up to dying on that cross.
His drops of blood shed for us? They cleanse us, clothe us in the white robes of the Bride, His Beloved.
His heart beat? Beats for you.
When He sees you approach, His face glows with affection as His eyes catch yours. He leans towards you, with wide open arms, ready to embrace you. He waits to hear what you have weighing on your mind, pressing on your heart, or have been carrying since you last got together.
But God? He doesn’t just sit there and wait for you to come. He is proactive.
Jesus chose the cross out of His great love for us, full well knowing He would turn the world on its axis for all eternity.
He deposited His Spirit within you, so we would know we are His Beloved 24/7, wherever we go, whatever happens.
He not only loves us enough to save us, but to walk with us, moment by moment, through this life. Actively loving us, 100% of the time.
That kind of devotion does not easily come around in this world.
And the clincher is: its yours, whenever you want it. For all of your days, here and in heaven.
Beloved is not only our position before God, but our new name.
Today, let that truth steep into your very core.
Say it out loud, “I am His Beloved.”
Wait for God to say to you in return, “And you are Mine.”
My beloved is mine, and I am his.
Song of Solomon 2:16