I’m just going to say it. I am an extravagant lover. I love to lavish and spoil the ones I love. I ALWAYS go the extra mile or go ‘over the top’ when it comes to expressing my love. I revel in the process. It will totally consume my every thought, my every action.
I hold my breath waiting to see the object of my affection open their gift and I get almost giddy with excitement when I have done something special for someone and yet I do not come close to God when it comes to extravagant love.
You see, as much as I love to do these things for people and show how much I care for them, I selfishly DO expect some kind of reward. Whether its a kind word, or a thank you or some kind of affirmation. A positive reaction to whatever I have done. God is the complete opposite. He doesn’t love us to get something from us, but to give everything of Himself to us. To love like that? That is a big ask. But what a concept. Christ lived a life of love like that. He was lavish and extravagant. Never cautious with His love. He loved BIG and to the max. There are so many examples of this. Even a seemingly small act like fishing resulted in more than the net could handle. Providing only the best wine at parties. Hanging out with the untouchable, the unlovable. Ultimately sacrificing His heavenly place as King to come and die a gruesome death for us. A selfless, loyal, unfailing love. A lavish love. An over-the-top, more than you could ever imagine love.
5 verses on His lavish love
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.
Look with wonder at the depth of the Father’s marvelous love that he has lavished on us! He has called us and made us his very own beloved children. The reason the world doesn’t recognize who we are is that they didn’t recognize him
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God’s love. I’m convinced that his love will triumph over death, life’s troubles,[c] fallen angels, or dark rulers in the heavens. There is nothing in our present or future circumstances that can weaken his love. 39 There is no power above us or beneath us—no power that could ever be found in the universe that can distance us from God’s passionate love, which is lavished upon us through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One!
For this is how much God loved the world—he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him will never perish but experience everlasting life.