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Read His Words Before Ours!

Ephesians 1:17-19
Psalm 139:1-6
Acts 4:32-35

“You are the Beloved of God!”, I scrolled the words in huge print with bright pink chalk across the black chalkboard wall in our living space. I was minutes from walking out the door to fly out of town for the week. I was leaving behind 3 of my 8 Treasures and of all things I wanted to stick in their hearts, this was it. As an afterthought, I added in smaller print in the corner, “I love you for always, xoxo, Mama”.

In the coming days when they grew lonely…
When they were tired…
When they were hungry…
When they wanted to roll their eyes and snap a frustrated string of words they didn’t really mean at a sibling…
When I wasn’t there to fold their clothes, clean up their mess, or make their dinner…

I hoped their eyes would see the wide pink letters and remember,
“You are the Beloved of God.”

Hemmed in love on all sides with nothing they could do to win “more” love and nothing they could do for that love to be diminished, they are His Beloved, even apart from my fierce Mama Love for them. My Treasures are simply, all-inclusively, wholly encompassed within the grand love of God, and in His, was mine, like a single droplet of rain added to an unending, bottomless ocean of extravagant love.

That morning, I had sat in the sunlight, coffee in hand and tears streaming down my face as I read Ephesians 1 while the Spirit brought #HisWordsBeforeMine alive again with renewed vigor ministering to my heart and reviving my soul.

A soul that had grown lonely,
was tired and aching,
hungry for connection and the vibrant fullness
of a safe relationship that welcomed me.

I was feeling the pull of hard relationships in my life, and I was tempted to say things I didn’t mean. I wanted someone to come in and make me a meal, give a hug, and care for me.

Here in my need, the Spirit of the Almighty God met me, whispering,
You are the Beloved of God” over and over and over again like gentle evening waves upon the thirsty beach of my heart. I was captivated by His Words, leaning into His voice, drinking in His truth.

He chose us in Him” (verse 4)
“In Him, we have redemption”
(verse 7)
“In Him, we have also received an inheritance”
(verse 11)
“In Him, you also were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit”
(verse 13)

The words hugged me.


Christ, the Word made flesh (John 1:14), was encircling me (Psalm 139:5), drowning out all other competing voices until all I heard was the truth that mattered most.
“You are the Beloved of God.”
The Spirit was doing the same work He always does, anchoring me in unshakeable truth, peeling away enemy lies, holding me safe despite my fears as He led me beside still waters until the only sound I heard was His shepherding voice of undeterred, vast, unending, oceanic love.

This is deep knowing.
What we know changes everything inside.
Deep knowing of truth is the safe harbor the Spirit uses to dry our tears, hold our shaking shoulders, soothe our wind-chafed souls, and hold our heads against the breast of the Father as the sacrificial love of Jesus hems us in on all sides.

Here in the lap of Abba, the Spirit sings,
“You are the Beloved of God,
You are the Beloved of God,
You are the Beloved of God”.


As Paul penned the rich letter to the Ephesians, the merciful, kind love of God, was the theme. Drop into his letter at any point, and you will find ceaseless love as the foundational support for everything else.
Marriage is meant to point to it.
Children and parent relationships are meant to put it on display.
Coworking relationships are meant to speak loud of His love.
And the Church, oh yes, the beautiful Body of Christ is the chosen means to broadcast this bold, boundless extravagance everywhere at all times.

When believers understand God’s love, the natural next step is for us to praise Him for this undeserved good gift and partner with Him to make this love known to all people.

This is why Paul begins his next thought in verse 15 with, “This is why…” as he helps us understand that Deep Knowing leads to Bold Asking.

After expounding on the glory of God’s love, Paul begins fervent petitioning to the Father of Love for His love to be made known and understood so it can saturate the souls of the Beloved Ones, making them effective and fueled to live out love to a thirsty world.

“I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father,
would give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know
what is the hope of His calling,
what is the wealth of His glorious inheritance in the saints, 
and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power
toward us who believe,
according to the mighty working of His strength.
(Ephesians 1:17-19)

His love surrounds us, refusing to let us go, and within it is the same power that raised the Lord Jesus from the dead, fully accessible to us for His purposes to make His love known.

When we know this love, we make this love known.

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