Friday, March 25, 2011

Beloved


I can't get this word out of my head lately. Probably because I just finished one of the best books I've ever read, Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers and it's mentioned over and over there.

Ya'll ... I have never cried reading any fiction book until now. I'm not sure if that's because I've been an emotional mess lately or because the book really affected me. Either way, I cried.

The book is a perfect picture of the love Christ has for us.

The verbal imagery is right on and the ending got me good. I saw myself in this wretched harlot who, although she thought she would never know love or feel again, and despite her constant thoughts of unworthiness, humbled herself and gave in to the only true love that sought her out.

In the book, God calls her "Beloved."

This word simply means "one who is dearly loved." But, it goes deeper than that. 

When I hear the word "beloved," and imagine God calling me that, it makes me feel desired and wanted. "My Beloved" ... meaning you are the one I seek. It's the word God uses for His chosen.

God, not only loves us, but seeks after us ... desires us. An intimate relationship requires seeking on both parts.

If only I could seek Him more ... love Him more.

I love this song by Kari Jobe. There's a line in the song that says, "Under My mercy, come and wait, till we are standing face-to-face, I see no stain on you, my child ... " If only we could fully grasp the love God has for us ... Great song!

5 Comments:

sara said...

loved that book!!!

another one that made me cry was Safely Home by Randy Alcorn. I literally sobbed at the end and could barely read! It is my all time favorite book.

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

Loved that book too, and I'm normally not a fiction lover. Some a beautiful picture of how God never stops chasing after us.

tonya said...

That is my all-time favorite fiction book. It was the first that ever made me cry - I wept.

Jeanette said...

One of my favorite writers! Redeeming Love was the first book that I read of hers. You are spot on!!

Amy@My Front Porch said...

Such a good book and such a good song. LOVE Kari Jobe!