The I AM says I am beloved!
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
I don’t have any tattoos, but I am fascinated by them. I can’t imagine that I would ever get a tattoo myself, because I am such a baby when it comes to pain and needles. It is, however, so interesting to me, this tattoo craze that is such a part of our culture now. When I was growing up, tattoos were for bikers, sailors, and thugs. Now it seems as everyone has a tattoo; their popularity has skyrocketed. Studies show that 40% of millennials have at least one tattoo. These perpetual body decorations come in all shapes and sizes. Some are downright scary and turn me off completely. Some are obviously just for fun, like my friend’s Tweety Bird tattoo. But many tattoos have deep meaning to the person and serve as permanent reminder of a special person or event. These markings show the great love and passion for that someone or something they hold dear. Without a doubt, you have to really love someone to have their name tattooed on your bicep…forever!
There is a distinct difference between loving someone or something and considering them/it beloved. The key difference is that beloved denotes a deep relationship. Beloved signifies that someone is held dear and close to the heart, an intimate connection. One might first think of falling in love in the romantic and passionate sense, but in actuality a friend, spouse, child, mother, father, uncle, aunt, etc., with whom one shares a deep affection can be referred to as a beloved.
I believe that as women we long to be loved and cherished. We crave deep, heartfelt relationships. We yearn to be beloved. Many of us spend a great deal of our lives searching for someone, anyone, to give us that type of adoration. Rejoice, sisters and search no more! We are beloved by our Father! I encourage you to mediate on the words from our spotlight scripture again and hear the passion in the passage. “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39). These verses are scripted with powerful words that paint the beautiful picture of how deeply our God cares for us.
Ladies, let’s never doubt it, we are beloved by our Heavenly Father. Jesus bore the marks of God's love for us on His hands and feet, not tattoos, but scars from his sacrifice. “Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands” (Isa 49:16) Oh, may the name of Jesus be forever engraved on my heart! So today when you wonder if you are loved, bring your hands to your heart, take a deep breath, and speak softly the words that will remind you of His great and fervent love, “I am beloved…because He said so!”
Additional Reading: Song of Solomon 6:3; Isaiah 30:18; Jeremiah 24:7; Romans 8:38-39; 1 Peter 5:7
I praise You today for all that You are; You are the Creator of the Universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the I AM! I know that You created me on purpose for a purpose. I am who You say I am. The enemy wants to hold me back from living out the calling You have placed on my life. Lord, saturate my mind with the truth of Your Word so that I may remember that my identity is found in You and only You. Remind me throughout the day, when the world comes tumbling in, that You are in control. Reveal Your will in my life as I only want to please You. No matter how difficult my day becomes I will remember that I can do all things through You (Phil 4:13). In Jesus' name. Amen