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Love Lavished on Me

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 
1 John 3:1

Now that you’ve been not only bitten, but smitten, tell me the essential nature of the Love Bug. Hard to put a finger on it, isn’t it? Don’t be surprised. It is as elusive as God Himself. Oh, we think we know what phileo (brotherly love) is until we hurt our friend’s feelings. We take a stab at eros (romantic love) and frequently miss the mark with our spouse by a mile. We moms specialize in storge (family love) until some unlovely relative shows up.  But agape (holy love), I can barely grasp its magnitude. It has so many facets.

Think of a diamond with its many facets, fifty-seven to be specific, cut precisely to change the plane of reflected light to give it its brilliance. An uncut diamond is dull and lifeless—minus facets there is no light reflected. 

Think of the Hope Diamond in all its steely blue beauty—google it to see for youself. Not only is the blue color rare, but when researchers took blue diamonds into a dark room and exposed them to ultraviolet light, they emitted a fiery red glow unique to each particular diamond.    

What a way to picture God’s kind of love! It is rare. It is of great value—imagine the price of the Hope Diamond’s 45.52 carats compared with my 0.25 carat engagement ring. Its many facets reflect the incoming light off its inner beauty to engulf your entire persona in brilliance. Its unique ember-red glow warms your soul and sets your spirit on fire, emanating love outward to those watching you live in love.     

God has lavished all that agape love on you, so lavish a love that you may be called one of His children. I pray for you then: that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17-19).

Nancy P

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