Gebhardt Berndt – May JOY! Article
– by Gebhardt Berndt
And they will know we are Christians by our love, or not. We live in a world starved on love and desperate for affirmation. This thirst for love has driven most to either an inward or outward craze. Yet there is only One who whispers the words of healing that we want, “I am His beloved and His desire is for me” – Songs of Solomon 7:10. As Christians, many have forfeited this word “beloved” and in doing so have cast out the very essence of who they are. But the Father fervently affirms, over and over in Scripture, with bold declarations, “You are My beloved and My desire is for you”. Interestingly enough, when Jesus got baptised it was these very words that tore the heavens opened and ended 400 years of silence “This is My Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”. He says it still, “As He is, so are we in this world”– 1 John 4:17.
Have we forgotten this identity and in doing so forfeited the very essence of the nature of the Gospel? Have we forgotten that love is not based on performance or given by merit? Have we lost ourselves in a craze to fit in? As Paul the Apostle declares, “The only thing that matters is faith expressed through love” – Gal 5:6. My question to you today is: do you believe you are His beloved? It is only in a firm ‘yes’ that we can truly impact this world with the Good News. I say again, this world is starving from a lack of love and you can bring the solution (John 14:6). Will you accept His declaration over you and reach out today? “I am His beloved and His love is for me”, make that your own, whisper it to yourself, and stand boldly and unashamed! No other identity matters but to know “I am His beloved”! Hence the question is not ‘can we heal?’, The question is, will we let the healing power of the risen Jesus flow through us to reach and touch others, so that they may dream, fight, and run where the brave dare not go?
JOY! Magazine (May 2018)