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Beloved

May 25, 2019

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Beloved

In many places  throughout God’s word,  our Savior is called  the “Beloved”.     We are also called  God’s “beloved”  throughout His word.     Just a few examples could include:

Colossians 3:12    
And so,  as those who have been chosen of God,  holy and beloved,  put on a heart of compassion,  kindness,  humility,  gentleness and patience…

1 Thessalonians 1:4
Knowing,  brethren  beloved by God,  His choice of you…

Jude 1:1    
To those who are the called,  beloved  in God the Father,  and kept for Jesus Christ….

We might be puzzled and wonder,  “If we’re so beloved by God,  why is it  that so many people  don’t like us?”     Why do people have such disdain  for those  who strive to live  according to God’s word?     They mock Christian ethics  and avoid those  who profess Christ.     It’s pretty hard  to feel  “beloved”  by God  under these circumstances.

Before we start feeling a bit bitter  and sorry for ourselves,  we need to remember  how people reacted  to Jesus Christ,  the very “beloved” Son  of God,  when He came  to this earth.     Jesus certainly did have a following  of faithful people,  who loved Him  and the gospel He preached.     But,  there were many others,  who jealously hated Him  because they wanted  to retain religious leadership  and have the people look up to them  as being ever so righteous.

They didn’t want  to be considered sinners,  who needed to repent  and ask the Lord  for forgiveness.     It was so irritating  when Jesus preached  about sin and judgment.     So, how did these people act  towards Jesus?     They would try  to accuse Him  of working on the Sabbath,  claiming no real man of God  would do such a thing.     They accused Him  of being a wine bibber  and for hanging out  with sinners.     They said it was wrong for Him  to forgive sins  because He was making out  like He was God —  By the way, Jesus is God  in the flesh.     They mocked Him,  spit on Him,  beat Him  and crucified Him — all under false pretenses.

No matter what happened,  Jesus knew  He was the “Beloved Son of God” — and He acted accordingly.     And,  as “beloved” children of God,  we need to act accordingly.     That is why Hebrews 3:1  tells us,

Therefore,  holy brethren,  partakers of a heavenly calling,  consider Jesus,  the Apostle and High Priest  of our confession.

It simply does not matter  what people think  about us.     What really matters  is what God thinks  of us.     Are we being faithful  the way Jesus was faithful?     Do we put God’s word  far above this world’s miserly opinions?

We don’t have  to get bitter  about how the world treats us.     Jesus didn’t.     The Apostles and early Christians didn’t.     And,  as far as that goes,  God’s children,  down through the ages,  have suffered a lot  in remaining true  to the Lord.     They have all realized  that they are  “beloved”  and that whatever happens here  is just a refining and testing  of our faith.

We can be content and satisfied  knowing we are God’s  “beloved”  and that we really are eternally safe  in our heavenly Father’s everlasting arms.     And so we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for making us  Your dearly “beloved”.     Everything is alright,  so long as we stay  in You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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