“She who was not beloved…”

Did you know that there is nothing we have done to ourselves, or to others, that puts us too far gone for good?

We have caused other people to suffer. We have blamed, belittled, shamed, aborted, cheated, deceived, and looked the other way.

We have spoken hard truths, but not in love. We have been self-righteous and judgmental, heaping accusations on our neighbors.

We deliver, and deserve, condemnation.

Yet, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ.

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There is no evil that you has been done to you, or by you, that makes you a forever lost cause for good.

Man may have abused you – broken body and spirit – for some are terribly wicked. Parents or spouses might have abandoned you, for some are selfish and cruel. Brothers may have bruised your body and conscience, and the words of friends may have scarred your soul.

And you may have done these things to others.

We can feel condemned by our circumstances in this sad life.

Yet, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ.

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Who is it then that heaps shame on our consciences? Who sits in judgement and finds us lacking in every way?

For Christ did not come to condemn the world, but to save it.

Who is it that tells you God is disappointed with you? Who tells you that your Heavenly Father expects you to be more, and do more?

God is not disgusted or weary with our failures, even when we condemn ourselves. Our Father hasn’t grown bored with us, and moved on to someone else more appealing, more wholesome, less broken, and more effective.

He isn’t like us.

Our Heavenly Father isn’t harsh or impatient: he remembers us, and calls us by name. He doesn’t condemn the very people his Son died to save.

She who was not beloved, I will call beloved.

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Instead, God’s considerable energy and power is working for us to give us new life, both now and forever. We are not condemned: we are loved with an ever-lasting love.

We are beautiful to God, because he made us.

He is for us, not against us.

She who was not beloved, I will call beloved.

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Peace to you, beloved.

Kim

8 responses to “She who was not beloved…”

  1. Debbie says:

    Hi Kim, thank you for this insight this morning. Blessings upon you and yours.

  2. Jeanette says:

    Lovely message! Thank you and God bless you!

  3. Stephne Justin-Smith says:

    Wonderful message. His Grace surpasses our understanding. Thank you. Be blessed

  4. Kim Thank you for the message. It came on a day that everything went wrong. I was feeling stupid and hated. We all know at times like this the evil one creeps in to affirm and exaggerate our negative feelings about self, destroy our sense of belonging and isolate us from those we most love. Your timely message helped me to refocus and remember God’s love. Thank you

  5. Beautiful! And what a cutie, too. I was really struck this week by Jesus telling his disciples that they would ALL fall away during the course of his trial and crucifixion but that He would meet them in Galilee after his resurrection. That fills my heart with HOPE, love and gratitude to my Lord. Blessings.

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