Extravagant Love

How much do you love? How deep does your love go? Is your love superficial? Does your love go beyond the surface? What is it you do to show your love? Do you reciprocate the love God the Father and Jesus the Son have for you?

We all love to some degree or another. Some of us profess love with words and counteract those words with actions. Some of us use very little words but show our love with actions. Some show their love with both.

When we discuss the love God has for us, it is not an emotional love. It is a deep caring and sacrificial love. It is a love in which God puts our needs as the highest priority. He satisfies needs of ours we don’t even realize we have and long before we recognize them. He addressed our deepest need nearly two-thousand years ago.

In today’s passage, we see a woman who recognized who Jesus was and showed her love for Him. We may think of her actions as extravagant, overwhelming, gross, or put on for show. But read the passage carefully. Jesus, who knows everything, confesses her great love for Him for her. She doesn’t speak of her love, she shows it. Jesus speaks of her love. He knew the depths of her love.

The question we must wrestle with is, do we have that kind of love for Jesus? Is our love a deep love or is it superficial? We must wrestle with and confront our love for Jesus. We must honestly assess our love for Him. He desires that we love Him as extravagantly and as deep as He loves us. Perhaps we will learn to let go and love Him as He desires.

I pray we all learn to love God as He desires. I pray we show our love for Him. I pray each one of us will evaluate our love honestly and commit to a sacrificial love for Jesus. Commit to loving Jesus. Show your love for Him. Learn to love Him deeply. Learn to love Him extravagantly.

Luke 7:44-47 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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