“Lovely” is a term that might seem to be going out of style. But there are some things that are truly “lovely.” Like beautiful weather in the course of a day, or a flower, either wild or grand.
Or perhaps some might think a vacation or delicious dessert. Or for others, “lovely” brings about noble thoughts, such as Manners matter, Character counts.
Today, my word is “lovely.” In whose eyes do I care to be? Do I care to be “lovely” to God today, or other people, or just me.
Merriam-Webster concludes: Definition of lovely, lovelier; loveliest
obsolete : lovable
delightful for beauty, harmony, or grace : attractive She looks lovely in that dress.
eliciting love by moral or ideal worth A lovely woman who loves him for himself, not for his money.
This can be disheartening. I’m just not “lovely” at best.
But when I think about my Father in heaven, Whom I believe cares and is aware. And I think about the mess we’ve made as a whole human race. This great earth He designed that we might enjoy and have peace. But we fell with the first.
But God made way that we may be made new by the last.
He is all together lovely.
He came. He died. He rose. Even when no one takes notice. He delivers a gorgeous rose.
He refreshed with the morning dew. And the early birds sing. Did anyone take notice to see?
But, best of all, God gave Himself in exchange for my shame. He gave His greatest treasure, to take care of my sin. If it were only me, He would have been willing.
This love is above what I comprehend. He is love. He bears all things.
Oh, that we wouldn’t worry about being “right.”
That instead we would learn more of harmony and grace.
If we would invest time in knowing God, and asking Him plainly to show us His Son.
Lovely is what we would find, bottom line. He is the One, from beginning to end. For all of time.
What is lovely?
Making Jesus mine.
He is gracious, compassionate. He is the Lord God Almighty.
That my main “fear” would be to offend Him.
“Dear Lord, that You would help us, lovely to be. That the entire human race would agree, with Thee. To trust and obey, the anointed and powerful Words that You say. Oh, for grace, that we would turn our eyes on You,
today, in a fresh and new “faith-filled” way. And forsake any sin that brings separation and pain. Your will be done, Our Father in heaven. Yours is the Kingdom, forever, and e-v-e-r.”