“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1Jn3:1)
I love that word, ‘lavished’. It’s how children apply their Nutella spread to their toast – far too much of it, spread on far too thickly, falling off all over the place and it’s just yummy!
‘Slathered’ is another word we use for this type of thing.
And this is how Father God treats us with His love. He pours it on, slathers it on thick just like heavenly Nutella, and it just drips off of us. We are absolutely covered in the stuff. I think that few people have all that much idea of just how much Father God loves us; loves everybody for that matter. He’s just longing to pour out His love on everyone. And that means that He loves you; He loves you with a burning, fiery intensity, a fiercely jealous love that will never let you go; He will never let you stray out of His presence and He walks by your side every step of the way. He’s willing to give up everything just for you, as He showed at the Cross. No matter what you do, no matter what you have done and no matter what you will do, He will continue to love you just the same and He will never let you go. The Bible is full of this reassurance; that once you are in His hands then there is nothing, nobody nor anything in all creation that can separate you from His love (Romans 8:38-39) or take you from His hands (John 10:28) and, contrary to what the conditional salvation people believe, you can’t jump out of His hands either (Psalm 139:7-12). So not even you can separate yourself from His love. Because we are His children! That really is what we are! Can you imagine God being less loving than even the best earthly father? No, of course not. Nothing can separate you from Him, ever, ever, ever!One of the best things you can do with this Scripture is to think about it, soak in it, bask in it, take it in, live it out. We are the children of the Maker of everything! Now how’s that for lavishing love on us?
So here’s a lovely song that expresses this glorious truth. ‘Great is Your Love’, by Craig Musseau, from Mercy Music (Vineyard), 1989. Be blessed!
How great is the love
That You have given us
That we should be called
Great is Your love
Great is Your faithfulness
Great is Your gentle touch