“Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.”
-Paul (from Ephesians 5:1, 2 MSG)
Mostly what God does is love you. That’s astounding if you stop to consider the possibilities. God could feel disappointed, impatient, judgmental, angry, displaced, usurped, overlooked, unappreciated, or even forgotten. But God mostly feels love. Astounding really.
And God could direct that love towards large-scale catastrophes, world-wide dilemmas, over-arching circumstances or wide-spread conundrums. And He does, but… What God mostly does is love You. Astounding really.
His love was not cautious but extravagant. The very nature of extravagance is of something that draws attention to itself. If it draws no attention, it isn’t extravagant. And all things extravagant draw emotions from those observing the extravagance. Causing either praise or condemnation is at the very heart of extravagance in any area of life. Christ’s love for you is extravagant. “Watch what God does, and then you do it.” Your love for others should be extravagant; it should draw attention to itself and evoke emotions in others.
“Love like that.”