Words from the Heart for Saturday March 24th, 2018
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
I John 3:1 (NIV)
Lavished On Us
What would cause the Heavenly Father to make a way through the death of His only Son in order that we could also be called His children? There is no explanation but love! And, this love is not ordinary. It is a great love and it is poured out in abundance so that we can belong to Him.
The late real estate developer Robert Campeau’s lavish home was put on the market last August and at the time had the most expensive price tag in Canada of currently publicly-listed properties. The house at 68 The Bridle Path in Toronto was listed for $35 million, up from the $25 million it was priced at two years ago when a sale was not completed. At $35 million, the regular land transfer tax that everybody pays in the city of Toronto would be more than $1.7 million.
I love the word lavish. It is one of those words, like exquisite, that just sounds like what it means. To lavish something on someone means to pour heaps of blessing on them, so much so that the blessings flow over them like a cool waterfall on a hot day. This makes the truth of 1 John 1:3 so wonderful: “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” God loves us lavishly. He pours the blessings over us, the best being the fact that we become His children. I love John’s reaction to this in his phrase “and that is what we are!” We are the children of God. We belong to Him and He loves us with an everlasting and lavish love. How have you experienced God’s lavish love in your life recently? How has His love felt like a cool waterfall pouring over your soul? Take time today to thank Him for that lavish love.
These have been words from the heart.