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February – the love month. There will not be a shortage of posts and commercials and tweets about “love”.

The other day, I was reminded of this quote by Bob Goff – –

“Love doesn’t try to be efficient; when it is most extravagant, it is least wasted.”

Perhaps in order for love to truly be felt. It needs to be extravagant.”Extravagant” as defined by dictionary.com >> “exceeding the bounds of reason; going beyond what is deserved.”

There are things we all feel we deserve whether because we have earned it, are good people, or are entitled to it …

  • children love us because we provide for them and we love them
  • our friends may love us because they can depend on us
  • family may love us due to a shared history and memories
  • our pets love us because we take care of them

But what about a love beyond reasoning, beyond what we deserve? A love which is unconditional, undeserved, we haven’t earned and quite frankly, we couldn’t earn it?

“Consider the kind of extravagant love the Father has lavished on us””He calls us children of God! It’s true; we are His beloved children.” (1 John 3:1, The Voice) 

The Father loves us with a love which is measureless. If we were to sit and think about it for any length of time, we would be astonished, amazed, and filled with a wonder that He loves us at all. And here is why:

“This love, originating with God, ever seeks the true welfare of those being loved: it is amazing indeed when we remember the personal destitution of those He loves. God’s love is a love that works visible, transforming results in the lives of its recipients. ”

“God loves the sinner, not because He is drawn to him by his lovableness, but because, in spite of man’s unloveliness, God sets His mind and will on seeking man’s highest good. That is what is amazing about God’s love.”
(from The New American Commentary on 1, 2, 3 John, Vol. 38, page 133)

The world needs to see this love at work in us towards one another. In that same chapter of 1 John 3, we are called to:

  • “We should love one another.” (verse 11)
  • “Let’s not merely say that we love one another; let us show the truth by our actions.” (verse 18)
  • “Love one another, just as he {Jesus} commanded us.” (verse 23)

May we care too much.

And love extravagantly.

 

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