Responding to The
Lavish Love of God
what great love the Father has
lavished on us, that we should be
called children of God!
And that is what we are!" 1 John
Have you received an unwarranted costly gift from
someone? You must have felt very important when
you received that gift. But you know what? All of
us have been given a very special gift Ė the love
of God in Jesus Christ. Godís love for us is
lavish and extravagant. We are overflowing by
Godís love, limited only by His desire to keep our
free will. God does not penny-pinch when He loves
us; He goes all the way; He gave His one and only
Son for us so we can one day share His life
forever. God also sent His Spirit to us so we can
live a life full of His grace Ė see John 10:10.
Donít you feel grand, knowing that the Creator of
all things loves you so lavishly? You and I are
truly special. Let these thoughts sink into your
heart and mind.
So How Do We
Respond to the Lavish Love of
Other Scripture passages:
is the first right response! When God gives
us unmerited grace, we should thank Him and
worship Him. Worship is an appropriate
response to God, because of who He is and
who we are. Gratitude should primarily
characterise our relationship with God, and
not our needs, petitions, or anything else.
can respond to Godís lavish love by loving
Him and surrendering our lives fully to Him.
ďYou shall love the Lord your God with all
your heart and with all your soul and with
all your mind.Ē (Matthew 22:37 ESV) We
should imitate Godís love for us by loving
God lavishly in return. We should not be
stingy in loving God; that is not a just
response to Godís extravagant love. We need
to give our hearts and minds to Him fully,
not just when it is convenient for us or
when we feel like doing so. No ifs or buts.
Itís all or nothing.
should try to imitate Godís lavish love as
we love others as well. When we love others,
we should try not be calculated nor limited;
we should lay our lives for one another,
just as Jesus laid His life for us. It is
hard and inconvenient, but Jesus already set
the standard for us in loving others. A
new commandment I give to you, that you
love one another: just as I have loved
you, you also are to love one another.
(John 13:34 ESV) When we fail to love others
like Jesus, we should ask God to love others
as He does.
as God has forgiven your sins, forgive
others from the heart as well. Live a life
of freedom from anger or resentments.
Whenever you remember or feel the hurt or
pain you experienced in the past, remember,
too, your worst sins before God Ė and how He
has forgiven you.
God the full control of your resources Ė
time, talents, and finances. Learn to trust
Him. Let Jesus be the Lord of all of your
life, not just the easy or convenient parts
of your life; Seek Godís will on how to use
all your God-given resources so you can give
Him glory. He can manage your life better
than you can.
that lavish love of God to others Ė the more
we share that extravagant love of God, the
more we experience that love. 2 Timothy 4:2
encourages us to preach the word in season
or out of season.
the best that is to come. Godís lavish love
for you will only be fully unraveled when
you meet Him face to face, and then you will
be invited to the eternal party, the banquet
prepared by God for all those who followed
Him. Let nothing separate you from what is
to come; it is worth the wait!
Give thanks to the LORD,
for he is good, for his steadfast love
endures forever. (Psalm 136:1 ESV)
God shows his love for us in that while we
were still sinners, Christ died for us.
(Romans 5:8 ESV)
Bible verses: John 3:16; John 15:9;
Ephesians 1:3-14, 2:4-5; 1 John 4:9-11 and
personal reflection or
your relationship with God primarily based
on gratitude and thanksgiving, not on your
you recall past hurts, how big and how
frequent are your sins that God has forgiven
times are challenging, do you remember the
lavish love of God for you?
Caballes is the
Administrator and a
of the Lamb
of God, a
community of the
Sword of the Spirit
with 7 branches
New Zealand. Tom
also leads Kairos
outreach program for
his wife Mhel and
daughters live in