Extravagant Love

February 7, 2018

Lost.

 

Alone.

 

Forgotten.

 

Unloved.

 

Many of us have been down that road. It may not have been our fault, but it was still very real. Too real. And it can be almost too much to bear.

 

Sociologists and psychologists tell us that we are made for each other. It is not only about being part of a community, it is also about loving and being loved.

 

Numbers are irrelevant. Loving and being loved by just one other person is sometimes all that matters.

 

But sometimes that one other person is nowhere to be found.

 

The darkness seems overwhelming, and the emptiness seems complete.

 

But the Word of God tells a different story.

 

Truth, from God’s Word

 

Inside every human heart, there is a connection to – a connectedness with – Almighty God. And it is mutual.

 

You with God.

 

God with you.

 

And ever since the time of the Incarnation, that is, the conception of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in the womb of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:26-38), God has been with us – “Emmanuel” (Matthew 1:18-23) – in a very real and very powerful way.

 

Feeling alone? Not when God is by your side (Psalm 23:1-4, Hebrews 13:5-6).

 

Feeling lost? Not when you have the Way (John 14:6).

 

Feeling forgotten? Not when our Lord knows your name and everything about you (Isaiah 43:1, John 10:2-3, Matthew 10:30).

 

Feeling unloved? Not when you are loved by God’s extravagant love (John 3:16, 15:13).

 

Extravagant Love

 

In human terms, the word “extravagant” means excessively high, unreasonable, or going beyond what is deserved or justifiable (Dictionary.com Unabridged, based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018). In divine terms, however, it means something supernatural (i.e., beyond the natural), something coextensive with, or emanating from, the very essence of God.

 

Such as His love.

 

Make no mistake, you are loved by God. Yes, you. Uniquely and individually as you.

 

And that love is unlike any other love you will ever experience.

 

God’s love is eternal (Psalm 136:1-26).

 

It is unconditional (Romans 5:8).

 

It is perfect (1 John 4:17).

 

And it is unstoppable (Romans 8:38-39).

 

Once you encounter God’s love, you will never be the same.

 

You will never again feel lost.

 

Or alone.

 

Or forgotten.

 

Or unloved.

 

You, my dear friend, are a child of the Most High God (1 John 3:1). He loves you with His extravagant love – and the darkness cannot overcome it (John 1:5).

 

-- Dr. John Morris

 

 

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