Saturday, November 12, 2005

Extravagant 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." (The Message) Ephesians 5:2

Suddenly, I awoke from a sound sleep with the profound urgent sense to get on my knees and pray concerning a loved one. What came to me was, "Robin, you need to love, and extravagantly as I love you. Pour it out from your very soul." Oh, sure sounds easy, but in this situation it will take more then just doing, or trying, it will only happen as I walk close with Jesus, leaning on him every step of the way. And only by the power of the Holy Spirit will I be able to pour it out from my soul upon another. Romans 5:5 "Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us."

Mari and I were obedient in our commitment to prayer walking this week. Our date with God was a divine appointment, we both had other things we could have done, but through our obedience we were blessed by God. God revealed to us many things to bring before him, the one thing that stood out was how he desired to pour out his love upon people as they turn to Him. God is extravagant with His love even when we do not walk with Him.

And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. (NKJV) Ephesians 5:2

And live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (NIV)Ephesians 5:2

Who has God placed in your life that needs to experience extravagant love?
How have you personally experienced the love of God in your life?

Father thank you that you have demonstrated your great love towards us while we are still sinners, Christ died for us. Thank you that your love is not stale, or stingy, but extravagant. Thank you Jesus for loving us extravagantly. Amen.

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