Happy Valentine’s Day friends!
If you’ve been following my Instagram story this month, you’ve been keeping up with my Black History Month facts. And I have to tell ya, I’ve REALLY enjoyed doing the research. #NerdAlert
That being said, I was inspired to do a little research on the topic of L-O-V-E. Harvard Medical School studied 2,500 college students and the effects that emotions of love had on their neurological activity. According to the study*, “love deactivates the neural pathway for negative emotions such as fear and social judgment; it eventually becomes a buffer against stress.”
Let’s think about this for a sec, love literally changes our BRAIN activity - our thoughts, our stresses, our judgments. Whoa, anybody else find that cool and intense at the same time?! *Raises both hands.* Now, I’m sure you each have your own opinions about the so-called “universal day of love” but, regardless of what your relationship status is today, know this: You. Are. Beloved.
The Bible mentions the word “beloved” in 90 verses. It’s a term of endearment to describe someone most darling, precious, and dearly loved. However, the part that sticks out the most to me, is the word “be” used as a prefix. Be is a verb used to describe something that is presently existing. Paired with the word love, it means that we are presently, perpetually loved by a Savior who died so that we could experience the eternal love of God. Always, forever, irreversibly.
With the knowledge of that kind of Love, we can be free from fear and judgment! We can walk confidently knowing that there is NOTHING that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:39)
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11
Happy Valentine’s Day, Beloved.