Justin Tucker, LHBC Worship Pastor

1 John 3:1
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God, and that is what we are!                                                                                                        

The Father loves and sends His son
The Son lays down His life for all
He lavishes His love upon us
He calls us now, His sons and daughters
He’s reaching out…                                                                                        

Bed time at our house can be one of the sweetest times at our house. Each night the girls want a song, a prayer, and hugs and kisses. Lots of times I end up going in and laying down Maggie, our youngest, and we sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” and “You Are My Sunshine” followed by a hug and a kiss and an “I love you.” After the “I love you” it usually becomes a competition of who loves who the more. She usually gets in the “more” and i get in the “I love you most” and that’s it…Dad for the win! 

I love all my girls so much and it’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that God loves us even more. His love was so great that He gave up His son, Jesus, to pay for our sin and give us access to a relationship with Him. He did that for me and I know me, and I know that I’m not worth that. I know that I couldn’t give up one of my girls for anyone. His love and desire to be in a relationship was great though, He was willing to do whatever it took to save us. 

Although, I don’t know that we could ever really wrap our finite minds around the expanse of God’s great love for us, I do know that He wants us to get a glimpse at it. Romans 8 says that nothing…nothing… neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come , nor powers, nor height, nor death, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Through Jesus and His innocent perfection, who gave his life for us, we have been forever changed by the power of the cross and brought into this great love of God. This kind of love calls us by name and lifts us up. It gives us a mercy which is new every day. It allows us to live from a place of love and acceptance. We are simply free to respond to the love of God with our lives. Oh Lord, let us do that today!

Heavenly Father,You have poured out your unmatched love on us, that we would be called your children. Thank you that through Jesus we can have access to your love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness. Help us to lift our eyes to you daily, and let your love be a place that we live from. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Psalm 4:8
In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
    for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.