Lavish Gift of Love

Have you ever wanted to lavish a costly gift on someone—whether financial, emotional, or an investment of time and effort—but felt a little unsure about it?

I’m not referring to using your resources in an irresponsible way, one that would leave you unable to pay your bills or meet your current obligations. No, I mean questions you may have about whether it’s right to splurge on someone you love when millions around the world are so needy, when there are so many worthy causes that could benefit from your investment.

Consider this example from the life of Jesus. Matthew tells us in his gospel (ch. 26:6-13) about one—identified as Mary in the John 12:1-8 account—who lavished her love on the Savior just days before his crucifixion.

During a banquet given in his honor, Mary came to Jesus and anointed him with a jar of very expensive perfume. She drew immediate criticism, however, from the disciples. They called it a waste. They pointed out that the perfume could have been sold and the money given to the poor.

Jesus saw it differently, though. He said, “She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.” (Matthew 26:10-11 NIV)

He also said she would be remembered for this act of love wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world. Jesus approved of her lavish gift of love.

Today the same is true. Worthy causes and desperate need will always be present, but we won’t always have our loved ones with us.

I’m not suggesting we forget the poor or hurting. Of course, we should give to help those in need. But I think we can also feel free to lavish a costly gift on a loved one occasionally. After all, it’s a beautiful thing to show someone the depth of our love. Just ask Jesus. I think he would approve.

“. . .love one another deeply, from the heart.”  1 Peter 1:22 NIV

*What lavish gift of love have you received?

*Hope this slightly revised post from March 2013 blessed you today!

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  1. Love this post and your explanation of lavishing a gift on someone you love or even someone with a need. I remember the first time the Lord told me to give my best blouse to someone who needed clothes. It was not only my best but my favorite. Someone had given it to me so I cherished it. I know this much when we don’t obey on giving a sick feeling move into our heart. How do I know? You guessed it, I did not give that blouse that day. It ate at my heart till I had to do something about it. Something a lot more lavishing. Not only a blouse but slacks to go with it, a whole outfit. It not the first time I did not obey the Lord, He is so gracious, He has never, ever pulled one ounce of grace from me, He still loves me the same. Our love can be so frail and little in light of His love. Great post.

    • Betty, so glad you enjoyed the post and thanks so much for sharing your story. God’s grace is indeed amazing and without limits — and I’m so very grateful for that. And grateful to hear from you today here on my blog! Welcome!

      • Cheryl, I read through your list of post and , The Trenches of Faith stood out to me. I cannot express how much I needed to read that poem. Going to pen it down in my bible so I won’t forget it. Thanks.

        • Oh Betty, I’m so glad it blessed you so — thanks so much for letting me know. I can’t tell you how much it blesses my heart to hear how words God has helped me pen have helped someone else!

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