What manner of Love is this?
1 John 3:1: Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
Behold what manner of love,…. See, take notice, consider, look by faith, with wonder and astonishment, and observe how great a favour, what an instance of matchless love, what a wonderful blessing of grace, the Father hath bestowed upon us: the Father of Christ, and the Father of us in Christ, who hath adopted us into his family, and regenerated us by his grace, and hath freely given us the new name:
The phrase ‘ Behold what manner’ is an expression of admiration at something wonderful. It is an expression of gratitude on the quality of love that God has lavished on us, the Love that calls us son. By the reason of our sonship, be became heirs according to the promise. Roman 8:17, Galatians 3:29. The Love confers on us the right to share inheritance with Jesus Christ; the love elevated us to sit together with Jesus. The love of God is the platform on which the covenant and the promise are written.
For one to really appreciate this manner of love, or this lavish display of affection, one needs to look back in retrospect and see where we were before Love found us and brought us into sonship. In Ephesians 2:12, the bible says ‘That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
We were without Christ but love found us and brought us into Christ.
We were Aliens to the covenant of promise but love found us and gave us a part in the covenant.
We had no hope but love found us and gave us hope.
We were without God, but love found us and adopted us
We were is deep in sin but love pull us out and set our feet on rock
We were lost in the wilderness of hopelessness but Love found us gave our life a meaning.
• God’s love for us is matchless.
• God’s Love is long; you can’t get away from it.
• God’s Love is so wide, you can’t go around it.
• God’s Love is so high, you can’t get over it.
• God’s Love is so deep; you can’t get to the bottom of it.
For further study
Luke 8:11, Luke 4:38, John 8:4
Personal declaration for the day:
I have chosen to embrace the Love of God
Questions for you to reflect on:
Can you imagine a life without Christ!