February 1, 2018: Behold His Lavish Love
Ephesians 1:7 (NIV)
In him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
Lavish: sumptuous, luxurious, costly, expensive, opulent, grand, splendid, rich, fancy, posh.
There is far too much in this small piece of text to grasp all the meaning contained herein. Since I have always enjoyed a challenge let me attempt this impossible task. O beautiful child of God do you understand how much the father actually loves you. I know it sounds too good to be true but hear the Word of the Lord concerning you this morning. “In him we have redemption . . .”
Redemption: In every case, the conception is the delivering of a man from a situation from which he was powerless to liberate himself or from a penalty, which he himself could never have paid. (Barclay’s Daily Study Bible).
Forgiveness: the canceling of a debt that we owed, the erasing of any violation against a person or law.
What does the Father think of you? Was he somehow forced to adopt you by something outside of himself? Was it your good works that purchased your redemption? Was it something that God did because he had to?
Consider this and let this word ruminate in your soul all day long. It was according to his good pleasure and will that he redeemed you that he forgave you that he shed his grace on you. It was not done in a manner just barely enough to satisfy his righteous holy character it was done in a way that was lavishly applied to you. His redemption far exceeds the price that was necessary to rescue you from your plight.
Consider this truth for a moment, how much did the father give when his prodigal returned? Had he not already given his estate to his wondering child? Yes, nut what the prodigal son did not realize is the sum total of the wealth of his father. His father’s estate was inexhaustible. His resources are infinite. Our sin could never exhaust his infinite supply of grace and mercy.
Do you sometimes feel you have sinned beyond your father’s resources to forgive? Listen no longer to the voice of the enemy that says your Father will no longer forgive you, you have exhausted his patience and mercy and grace. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Far from home this morning? Worry no longer your God has already paid the price for your return ticket home all you have to do is allow Him to come and carry you home.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus cause you to leap for joy this morning for his grace is more than enough to bring you all the way home and then some.
Reveling in His Lavish grace and mercy,