“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God!” (1 Jn 3:1). We have been shown mercy – not getting what we deserve (eternal punishment), and grace – getting what we don’t deserve (eternal life). Jesus gave His all for us; can we offer Him anything less?

Since we have been forgiven an eternal debt for our sin, one that we can never repay, shouldn’t we be extravagant in our love and devotion to the Saviour? ( Lk 7:36-47).

 Is my love for God overflowing?

Such affection and gratitude is practically out-worked in blessing humanity; not so much to those who can reciprocate, rather to those who can’t repay (Lk 14:12-14). The Bibles message is “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbour as yourself” (Mk 12:30,31).

“Freely you have received, freely give” (Mt 10:8). We are to pass on to others the blessings we have received. Going the ‘second mile’ is a costly exercise, it is doing more than is expected or the norm but it’s what Christ did (Mt 5:41; 2 Cor 8:1-4). It’s not the magnitude of the gift or the undertaking but the size of the heart attitude it represents that will truly bless (Lk 21:1-4).

See also: generosity, greed, pride, wealth

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