"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!"
(1 JOHN 3:1A)
I didn’t have anyone waiting for me the day I got out of prison. Even so, my heart swelled with joy and my eyes filled with tears as other wives, children, mothers, fathers, and siblings rushed into the arms of those being released with me.
The outpouring of love I saw that day pales in comparison to the love God lavishes on us. The Father’s love is so great that He sent Christ to die for us when we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). His Spirit made us alive while we remained “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:14). In Christ, we’ve been brought into the very throne room of God in heaven (v. 6)!
God’s love becomes visible in the church, the “household of God” (v. 19). After my release, I was welcomed into the church of Jesus Christ by my new spiritual family. They didn’t see a man with a criminal record. They didn’t see a man without a job. They didn’t see a man with tattoos. They saw a brother in the Lord. The wondrous love of God flowing out through His people covers over a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).
GOD'S CHILDREN WILL HAVE ALL ETERNITY TO CONTEMPLATE THE "INCOMPARABLE RICHES OF HIS GRACE...IN HIS KINDNESS TOWARD US IN CHRIST JESUS" (V. 7).