Have you heard of the word "Beloved"?

Chances are, if you have read the Bible much, you have come across it before. Has it struck you, though?

What does beloved mean? By dictionary definition, it simply means, "dearly loved" or "a much loved person". Think about that for a second. Isn't that all that we want? To know that we are really, truly, deeply loved?

Well, we are.

Paul mentions us as God's beloved in Colossians 3:12-13. He says:

"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive."

We are holy because God made us holy through Christ's blood. We are beloved simply because God decided we are.

We are often called God's bride in his word. Isn't that so true though? That fact that he calls us beloved is proof of that. We only see the word beloved used in regards to either God talking to us, God talking about His son, or very close human relationships, such as Paul addressing his close companions and the various churches he ministered to.

Do you feel always on the outside of things? Do you wonder if it would even matter if you just disappeared, if anyone would notice? In Christ, you do matter. You are dearly loved. Beloved. If you are not a believer, you can be deeply important and loved if you make the choice to simply believe in what the infinite love of God did for you, through His Son Jesus Christ.

Someone who is beloved is never forgotten,

never worthless,

always matters.

If you are a believer,

you are beloved.

- Liz