Beloved

It’s Valentine’s Day, a day meant for love. There is a confusing history of how Valentine’s Day came about (and a little too much beheading and sacrifice) to make it something I want to delve into here today. But, most people in America agree that V-Day is now synonymous with love. The unfortunate truth is that the world’s view of love has gotten very skewed. It’s more about what we can get from others, than sharing the love that was given to us by the Creator of the Universe. For those of us who believe in Jesus, we love because He first loved us. We choose to love, because He chose us.

My boys and I worship each “school day” before we read the Word and move onto academics. One of the songs we worshipped to last week was Beloved. I have heard Beloved many times before, but it struck me differently this time. It hit a new cord in my heart and I felt like I wanted everyone to hear it. As I listened to it, I wanted to share it with others, not just the song, but the feelings and meaning behind it. As the song played, I prayed for my boys, my husband, and you to feel beloved. That no one would feel without love. (The song Beloved is by Jordan Felix and you can listen to it here.)

What exactly does beloved mean? It takes a quick Google search to see that it means: dearly loved, a much-loved person. Those are nice words that make you feel good. But what do they really mean when our earthly views of love are skewed? I can be loved well by the people around me, but it won’t ever be enough. The love we all need is the kind that comes from our Heavenly Father.

God’s love, His agape love, contrasts human love or even self-love because it is a sacrificial love that extends beyond our mind’s capabilities to perceive it and persists regardless of circumstances. It’s galaxy-sized and never-ending. The breath in our lungs each morning assures us of His presence and His care for us. 

God shows his own love for us in that, “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” He didn’t let our bad behavior keep us from Him. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”

We are in a time when being a Christian is perceived and somehow seen as being more judgmental and less loving. Jesus does not equal condemnation, He is infinite love and eternal life, a free gift to anyone willing to receive Him. That’s the message of love that we are meant to carry and share. 

The song Beloved has such rich lyrics that speak to this deep, supernatural, beyond-our-understanding kind of love. Jordan Felix wrote it for his unborn daughter, knowing the world she would grow up in and the enemy she would face would constantly try to call her less than or unworthy. He says the song is for the whole world, because too often we believe the lies of the enemy that we don’t measure up, that we are a mistake, but God tells us differently. He knew us before time began, mistakes and all. He knew what we would be even in 2024, but he still chose to send His Son to save us. 

You are Beloved!

Here are some of the lyrics to the song Beloved:

“Head full of questions, how can you measure up?

To deserve affection, to ever be enough.

For this existence, when did it get so hard?

Your heart is beating, alive and breathing, And there’s a reason why.

You are essential, not accidental.

And you should realize…

You are beloved. I wanted you to know. You are beloved. Let it soak into your soul.

Oh, forget the lies you heard. Rise above the hurt. And listen to these words. You are beloved!

Don’t be afraid. Don’t let hope fade. Keep your eyes fixed on the light above.

In the heartbreak, in your mistakes. Nothing can separate you from love.

You are beloved. I wanted you to know. You are beloved. Let it soak into your soul.

Oh, forget the lies you heard. Rise above the hurt. And listen to these words. You are beloved!”

I pray you see yourself, not through the world’s lens, but through the lens of Jesus that says you are righteous, redeemed, holy, beautiful, pure, and yes, Loved!

Feelings are fickle, but the love offered to you in your mistakes and heartaches is not. This is a love not dependent on circumstances and human emotions, because God is love, He is faithful, He is steadfast and unchanging. You can rest, knowing He is a firm foundation never shaken.

There’s nothing you can do to make Him love you more than He does right now and there’s no mistake you can make to make Him love you less. There is such reassurance in that. We can’t earn His love… it’s a free gift! 

His Word, the Bible, is a love letter to us that we may know Him. The King of the Universe who created us in our mother’s womb desires a relationship with us. You are sought after by the One who matters most. That’s true love.

So Happy Valentine’s Day to you Beloved. Make sure you open the gift of love and belonging that the Lord has for you today. Thank Him for creating you, for His presence in your life, and true love.

Who do you know that needs to hear today that they are beloved? Please feel free to share this with them. On a day known for love, let’s be people that receive that love and then share it with others.

You are seen. You matter. You are LOVED!

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