Be*loved, be*lov*ed… GO*love, be*lov*ed!

Romans 1:7 “to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

While reading this morning, I came across the word beloved in Romans 1:7.  It had a letter cross-reference letter before it (I was reading in the NASB copyright 1977). I am drawn to the word beloved whenever I see it in Scripture. The reference verses were Romans 5:5 and 8:39.

“3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:3-5

“37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39

Ahh, God loves us!!! Circumstances of pain on this floating ball of rock cannot stop the flow of love–His love and our outpouring of His love to our fellow man. Hope does NOT disappoint. We hope for change. We hope for joy. We hope for love. And, nothing, NOTHING, will ever separate us from Him and from our ability to reach out in our sufferings to love the person hurting beside us.

Let’s not stop of at the warm-fuzzy “oh, I am loved; isn’t God great” feeling. God is in the little things; He is in the big things; He is in all things in between. He cares about the election we just had and the results; He cares about the young girl being trafficked as I type this (and He equips brave warriors I know to work hard and pray harder to remove her from that life); He wants us to reach out and love… LOVE. Be kind, caring, compassionate.  Look for those people who might not help you but whom you might help. Look into the eyes of the people you pass and CARE what their answer is to your habitual, “How are you?” Let’s revolutionize the segment of people we have contact with in order to revolutionize the world. Be intentional!

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