Devotional | Extravagant Love
A love that remains.
“Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.” (Ephesians. 5:1-2 MSG)
I love this, “mostly what God does is love us." That is His main job, next to holding the world together. And for Him, it is not a difficult task. Hard to believe, because I think we are not always the easiest to love. But in spite of every failure, insecurity and rejection, He still loves us.
How can we love like that? If you want to be like Him, and live a life of love, then begin to “keep company with Him.” Let His love rub off on you. We do not love Him simply because He is great, more than any other thing, “We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19 NKJV)
My granddaughter, Azlyn, was having a conversation with her mother recently. Amy said to her, “Who do you like to hang out with the most?” Azlyn said, “Omi and Opi” (grandma and grandpa). Amy asked her, “Why?” She said, “Because Opi really loves me.” (Hopefully she was including Omi in that too).
We want to be around people who love and accept us as we are, and who genuinely want to be around us. This is the exact kind of love God has for each of us. “His love was not cautious” (as ours tends to be) “but extravagant” and freely poured out, with an unlimited supply. I desire to grasp the height, the depth, the length and the width of His love. It cannot be measured, snuffed out, and it is generously lavished upon you. Whether you receive it or not, His love will always remain for you.
“He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us.” That is so beautiful, His love is so different from ours. We often love to get, and if we do not get, we sure are not going to give out. However, God loves us freely not based on how we respond to Him first. No matter how much we reject or trample on it, His love remains. And in that unfathomable love, He offers up all of Himself to us, holding nothing back.
He wants to give us His heart, His thoughts, His wisdom, His passion, His Spirit and even more than what we know now. It is all there, being held out to us as the greatest gift we could be offered.