God’s Extravagant Love

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Scripture Reading: 1 John 3

1 John 3:1 (NIV)
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.

Christmas is less than three months away. Thanksgiving is hidden in that three-month window, but many are already looking beyond the turkey and on to the Christmas cookies. We enjoy thinking about all the food and festivities. We love the hustle and bustle. But mostly we love thinking about the gifts we are going to give to those we love.

I love how the NIV translation describes God’s love for us. He lavished his love upon us and called us his children. He brought us out of the orphanage and adopted us as his dearly beloved children.

Verse 2 says that now that we are his children, we “will see him as he really is.” In seeing who he is, we get a glimpse of who we are created to be. Verses 4-9 proclaim we have victory over sin. As Christians we will still sin, but we must continually repent of those sins and strive to put those sins behind us.

1 John 3:6
Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is.

Verses 10-18 remind us that our love for others should be continually growing. Christ followers should excel in loving others. We know what true love looks like because we know Jesus.

1 John 3:16
We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.

Finally, as Christians, we can approach the throne of God with confidence. We can present our guilt and our fears and our requests at the feet of God knowing that he lives in us and loves us. It is because of this love that we can be CALM in the presence of unavoidable anxiety.

1 John 3:19
Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.

Are you a Christ follower? If so, are you living like a child of the King? Are you growing in the areas John listed as evidence of Christ in your life? What area do you need to focus on?

Next Steps:
Read 1 John 3 in The Message translation. If you suffer from anxiety and worry, focus on verses 18-24. Take note of what he has given us so that we are not anxious for nothing.

Heavenly Father, I come before you as your child. I thank you that you willingingly and freely adopted me into your family. Thank you for the gift of your love that you lavished on me. I pray that you give me the strength to evaluate my life daily for evidence that I am becoming a reflection of you to the world around me. I pray that the sins I harbor lose their grip on me. I come before you with the confidence that you love me and desire me to be not anxious for nothing. Amen.

This post was written by Julie Mabus. Julie has a passion for thinking about big ideas, art, reading, and seeing God reveal himself through creation. She is married and is homeschooling her five young children.

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