For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. -John 3:16 KJV
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! -I John 3:1 NIV
The octogenarian was a master at romance. Married to his wife for 59 years, he was well versed in the names and seasons of her favorite flowers. When it came to shower gels and soaps, he knew she preferred herbal scents and found fruity scents off-putting. He knew her favorite colors even to the shades: pink, but in jewel-toned hues like fuchsia, and not pastel pink; blue – but turquoise, not royal. She liked shoes and handbags, yet jewelry (watches!) was really her favorite accessory.
Taking her out to dinner? He knew hands down she preferred quaint, farm-to-table cafés as opposed to pricy, pretentious (and in her estimation, overrated) trendy restaurants. She didn’t mind loud music (if it was music she liked). A lover of national and international travel, she was equally as comfortable in a large crowd or a small, intimate group. He enjoyed spending time with her, surprising her with gifts, and making sure she was happy. Just seeing her radiant smile buoyed his spirits, and her laughter—it seemed to give him life.
Knowing Valentine’s Day was on the horizon, he smiled in anticipation. Of course, they didn’t wait for a certain day of the year to show one another love or do special things, but why not join in on the festivities? Love, after all, was something you lavished on the object of your affection. When you loved someone as much as he loved his wife, why, you pulled out all the stops. Being married to her encompassed the best 59 years of his life. No way was he going to hold back!
Is this a beautiful depiction of love, or what? As I muse on this couple, I’m reminded of the Apostle John’s words in I John 3:1: “See what great love the Father has lavished on us!” Imagine a God who loves us even more than this husband loves his wife.
Both the Apostle Paul (Ephesians 5:31-32) and the Apostle John (Revelation 19:6-9) likened believers’ relationship to Christ to that of marriage. Imagine our heavenly Father, the very personification of love (I John 4:8), loving and knowing His children on an even higher level than that of the couple I described. God loved us so much, He went to the ultimate length to save us. Refusing to “hold back,” He gave His all and sent His only begotten Son.
Today and always, we can be thankful for our great and precious salvation. Not only are we loved, we are special to the One who loves us – so special, in fact, He even numbers the hair on our heads (Luke 12:7). He knows us each by name and hears and answers our petitions before we even utter them (Isaiah 65:24). We can rejoice, for the love of God! Be Blessed.