Living in God’s love

lying on hammock
Live much in
the smiles of God.
Bask in His beams.
Feel His all-seeng eye
settled on you in love
and repose in His
almighty arms.

–Robert M. M’Cheyne

Longing to be loved


As soon as we become
spiritually deaf to the voice
that calls us the beloved,
we are going to look someplace else
to make us the beloved.

–Henri J. M. Nouwen

Image: Nelleke Pieters

He never forgot who He was



“This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17, NJKV).

These were the words of God Himself, and though only a handful, they were the most important words that Jesus would ever hear. These words were spoken before the oppressed and diseased were healed. They were spoken before He preached the Sermon on the Mount. They were spoken before He turned water into win or walked on water . . .

The trajectory of Jesus’ life and
(in a real sense) the fate of the world
hung on those few words.

They were not the words of a Father celebrating the good things His Son had done, because hadn’t really done anything yet. Even though Jesus was perfect, it wasn’t His perfection that brought the Father such delight. It was His very existence.

The language of God’s passion litters the pages of the Old Testament – the word beloved is scattered through the stories of my human lives. But now, for the first time in human history, a man had come who really believed that He was the beloved of God, one who would always remember and would make every decision of His life based on the truth of those words.

Jesus was like us in many ways. Scripture says He was “in all points tempted as we are.” But of all the ways He was different from us, perhaps this is the most crucial one: Jesus never forgot who He was.

–Jonathan Martin

Nothing to prove

looking out at the bay

When we know we are loved by God,
we don’t have to prove
anything to anyone.
There is nothing we can do
to make ourselves more beloved
than we are.

–Jonathan Martin

The essential element

The one object the Devil has in view is to raise a question, nay, to establish in you a question, as to God’s love and your belovedness to God – that is, personally. If we have any doubt about that, we are finished. This sense of what I have called ‘belovedness’ is essential, not only to life, but as an assurance and rest in service . . . To go on quietly, persistently, assuredly, in peace, all rests upon this – the recognition that . . . I am beloved of God.

–T. Austin-Sparks

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To be loved by God

All desires but one can fail.
The only desire that is infallibly fulfilled
is the desire to be loved by God.

–Thomas Merton (1915 – 1968)

Published in: on 06/04/2011 at 21:46  Leave a Comment  
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