Sometimes, no matter how good a word is, you just don’t remember it. So many factors in life affect the ability of both our mind and heart to hold onto something that can ultimately make or break a season for us. Quite obviously, the enemy does not want us to hold on to any good thing, so he will twist any situation in order to distract us from the goodness of the truth that comes straight from the King Himself.
This was the case for me for a large portion of this year. The tricky thing is that I did not even realize that I was suffocating in the fog of the enemy’s schemes. I think that is probably one of the his greatest tactics for leading us down a destructive path. He manipulates our situations and circumstances so we are discouraged, and then leads us to believe that every struggle is normal and as it should be, and that we should expect no more than the sorrow and pain he has caused us.
I was thinking about this over the weekend, as I was in Uganda. For those of you who know me well, you know I swore I would never go back after having such an intense battle with malaria. God redeemed that, and used this time in Uganda to bring many beautiful things to the surface of my life. One of those things was the word I had long forgotten, spoken to me by my dear friend Caroline.
Be love, and be loved, Beloved.
I began thinking about this word, or phrase as it is, and I was instantly fascinated at how powerful one simple word is.
This is it. This is absolutely the point- the big picture.
Be love. Literally, we are called to be the love of Jesus. We are called to radiate with the joy and kindness that comes from His love. We are to conduct ourselves in a manner through which the love that is Jesus Christ cannot be overlooked.
Be loved. We were created to receive abundant love from the King of all Kings, and from those around us. We are often quick to deny love, claiming we do not deserve it, or stating there is no reason for one to bestow love upon us in that moment, as if we need a reason to be loved. This goes against every purpose of our being. We do not need a reason to love and be loved, for this is the very reason we were created.
Beloved. This is our identity. We are His Beloved. If we know this, believe this, and receive this, every good thing and perfect thing comes from that place. If we are confident in this, we can be confident in both our ability to pour out and be filled, again and again.
So I don’t have much of a point other than this.
Be love and be loved, Beloved.